Five Answers: Maryland

Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish operated at breakneck speed Saturday night against Maryland, winning 45-21 to improve to 7-3 on the season. We asked five questions prior to the contest against the Terrapins; now we have the answers.

Saturday night's blowout victory over Maryland offered decisive answers to our five questions/points of interest posed earlier this week.

Question One: Will Brian Kelly lose his first game in November as Irish head coach?

Answer One: No! Kelly has yet to lose a game as Irish coach in November but will be tested with Boston College and Stanford remaining this month.

Question Two: Can Notre Dame continue its hot streak in the red zone?

Answer Two: Yes! On Saturday night the Irish scored four touchdowns in their four red-zone chances. This has been an area missing this season and shows how much the Irish offense is starting to come together with a better understanding of what is required when in the red-zone.

Question Three: Center Mike Golic Jr. earns the start against Maryland. Will the Irish offense have any struggles with the loss of Braxston Cave and his 22 career starts?

Answer Three: No! While Cave is a solid starter, Golic did a great job and showed he's got the tools and understanding of playing at a high level. Golic showed quick feet and the ability to reach second level defenders with an improved strength at the point of attack. The more reps he takes the better he'll play in the future.

Question Four: Has Notre Dame suffered too many injuries to be at full strength?

Answer Four: No! While it would be great to see the Irish at full roster strength, the fact that Robby Toma pulled in seven catches for 73 yards and Golic played so well shows the Irish are starting to get depth from its roster. The continued strong play of Aaron Lynch and other younger players is a must if the Irish are to finish strong.

Question Five: After a slow start in two of their last three games, can Notre Dame get off to a fast start?

Answer Five: Yes! Not only did Brian Kelly have the offense running at full tilt, they scored on four of their six drives in the first half of play with only one being a three-and-out drive.


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