Five Answers: BYU

We answer the five questions posed prior to Notre Dame taking on the BYU Cougars this past Saturday in South Bend.


Will the Irish crash after the emotional battle against Stanford?

Yes!!!! In a big way be it from fall break or the emotions left on the field after the Stanford game this was not a team executing at a high level and it showed in several areas.


Will Everett Golson suffer from any after-effects coming from the concussion he suffered late against Stanford?

Yes!!! Golson sat this game out with all reports saying he'll return this weekend when the team takes on Oklahoma on the road.


Can the Irish have better success in the red-zone?

The Irish were 3-of-5 in the red-zone overall scoring only two touchdowns in the most important area on the field. Our main focus here is scoring touchdowns as the Irish average 47% in this area for the season. So the answer is no as the team was below their average at 40%.


Can Notre Dame's defense continue keeping opponents offensive attacks out of the end zone?

BYU hit the red-zone three times on the day just a little over the season average the Irish defense has been allowing. However, BYU scored on just over 66% of their chances and the Irish have only been giving up around 38% on the season.


Will the best relief quarterback in the country play a role in this week's game?

Yes, Tommy Rees played an even bigger role as he was the starter with Golson out for the entire game. Rees went 7-16-1 for 117 yards and one touchdown while also being sacked once. Overall, Rees did not play at the level he'd been playing coming in to relieve Golson as his completion percentage was ten percent lower and he threw his first interception. Top Stories