Instead, the Irish looked sluggish and lost another key member of the team for the rest of the season.
Regardless, the win over Boston College was Notre Dame's fourth straight and it provided answers to our five questions/points of interest posed prior to the contest.
Question One: After last season's 14-tackle performance, can the Irish keep All-American candidate Luke Kuechly in check?
Answer One: Just as he did in 2010 (and 2009), Kuechly posted 14 total tackles against the Irish with one for loss, adding a pass breakup. The Irish did not slow down the Eagles tackling machine, but that's been the recurring theme for Kuechly over three standout seasons in Chestnut Hill.
Question Two: Will the emotions of Senior Day result in a sluggish Irish performance in a game where they should blow away their opponent?
Answer Two: The Irish posted 417 total yards on offense but were not able to put as many points on the board as they would have liked. The defense did a great job of holding BC to only 250 total yards. What better way to describe the game than to say it was sluggish at key points? The Irish should have posted more points on the scoreboard as head coach Brian Kelly equates seven points to every 80 yards gained (as a rule).
Question Three: Will Notre Dame look to establish the run or pass against Boston College?
Answer Three: The Irish both ran and passed the ball 39 time...the definition of balance. The loss of senior Jonas Gray makes any Irish fans heart soft as Gray was ready for another big day, hitting for 5.5 yards a carry before he went down and out for the rest of the season. Cierre Wood came up just short of 100 yards on the day and Michael Floyd was just eight yards short of having another 100 yard day.
Question Four: How many sacks will Boston College give up to the Irish?
Answer Four: One! Darius Fleming posted the only sack of the day by either team. A far cry from what was expected when you consider BC had given up 21 sacks prior to Saturday's contest.
Question Five: Will Notre Dame look ahead to next week's game against Stanford?
Answer Five: Coach-speak aside, the Irish looked plain-Jane against BC on Saturday. During this season the Irish seem to go up and down with each game and Stanford is set to be on the up trend.