Blue Dominates Spring Game

Notre Dame held their 76th annual Blue-Gold game on Saturday, and the wicked weather didn't slow down an impressive offensive showing by the Blue team. The Blue won the game, 28-6, in an impressive offensive and defensive showing despite the elements as the Irish closed their first spring practice under head coach Charlie Weis.

Quarterback Brady Quinn shined on Saturday completing 8-of-2 passes for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns in limited action.

Quinn first found tight end Anthony Fasano for a 19-yard scoring strike on the Blue's first possession to get the first-team unit off to a fast start.

Quinn also found receiver Rhema McKnight for 12 yards on a crossing pattern later in the first half for his second touchdown of the game.

The Dublin, Ohio native was awarded offensive player of the game for his performance.

The Irish offense looked crisp and effective on Saturday, and Quinn said that was what he was hoping for on Saturday.

"That's the thing we wanted to show today—how precise the offense can be," said Quinn. "The way the running game is, the way the passing game is, it's all down to a point where we know what we're going to do with the ball."

Quinn threw a number of passes down field on Saturday and the senior-to-be said Irish fans should expect to see more of that in the fall.

"I think once you see the way coach Weis likes to play, you'll see a lot more down-field passes," Quinn said.

Sophomore Trevor Laws was named defensive player of the game as Laws was credited with four tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. The always smiling Laws said he thought the defensive played excellent on Saturday.

"I thought we played great out there," Laws said. "Everybody seemed real solid. No mental errors, really. We shut them down pretty good."

The Blue defense allowed just 42 yards on 43 carries to the undermanned Gold team. Sophomore Travis Thomas did rush for 63 yards on 14 rushes for the Gold, but the Gold team struggled finding any rhythm on offense.

Freshman running back Darius Walker led all rushers with 83 yards and 10 carries, and junior Rashon Powers-Neal picked up 51 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

Quinn said he felt the Irish accomplished a lot this spring that will carry over into the fall.

"Right now I think everything they've thrown at us pretty much stuck," Quinn said. "Obviously there were certain points in the spring where it was maybe spinning a little bit. I definitely think everything we put in pretty much stuck."

Quinn also said he believes it's his job to make sure that the Irish stay on course from now until fall.

"Obviously with the leadership position I have, I've just got to make sure we keep guys accountable in the summer. We still got to keep an eye on the playbook and not taking a break."

Head coach Charlie Weis said he's been pleased with how the offense has progressed this spring.

"I've been very pleased with the progress of the offense as far as mentally picking it up," Weis said. "I think it is not a question of whether or not you can exploit a defense. Rather, it is whether or not your players can handle exploiting them. I have been encouraged by Brady (Quinn) and all the offensive players in this respect."

Weis also said he's hoping the Irish can continue to improve over the summer now that he can't have much contact with his team due to NCAA rules.

"My biggest concern is that I will not be hands-on until August," he said." I am used to having my players year-round but in this case, it is time for them to return to being college students. I feel good about our team right now. The concern is based on the level of retention come August." Top Stories