How will the Irish respond in only their second road game of the season?
Was this really a road game? The Irish defense showed they were ready for primetime with two sacks a quarterback hurry and seven tackles for loss while the offensive ground attack went for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Coaches and players rose to occasion and chants of "Manti -- Te'o" could be heard loud and clear.
Can the Irish defense keep the Sooners out of the end zone?
No! But someone had to post a rushing touchdown against Notre Dame at some point in the season. However the Sooners had four chances in the red zone and came away with just the one touchdown.
Can the Irish put pressure on quarterback Landry Jones?
No! While we hoped to see a few more quarterback hurries and sacks Jones for the most part was able to pass the ball in the middle of the field as the Irish defense worked to keep the Sooners out of the end zone. While Jones left the field with a nice passing total he also left knowing he could not get his team in the end zone like it needed to beat the Irish.
Yes and No… Williams posted only 29 yards and no touchdowns but Bell got his one on four carries while gaining only six yards.
Can the Irish offense score with the Sooners?
Yes! The Irish outscored the Sooners in the first quarter 7-3 and traded field goals with them in the second quarter. The third quarter saw the Irish control time of possession (11:35) before busting lose in the fourth quarter with an early Kyle Brindza field goal before the Sooners scored their one and only touchdown of the game. With just outside five minutes left in the game the Irish would score 13 points giving them a decisive 30-13 victory.