Parris Has Career Day

SOUTH BEND - Robby Parris streaked down the middle of the field, and quarterback Evan Sharpley hit him with a perfect pass for his second touchdown of the game. The sophomore receiver flipped the ball to the ground, turned and faced the crowd, and started celebrating with his teammates, as Notre Dame cut Boston College's lead to 27-20 with a little over three minutes remaining.

Unfortunately for Parris and the Irish, there was a little laundry on the field. Left guard Michael Turkovich was flagged for holding, negating the play.

"I saw it when I was coming off the field after we were celebrating," Parris said of the flag. "It happens."

On the next snap, Sharpley was pressured, barely got a throw off and the Irish turned the ball over on downs. Notre Dame's (1-6) upset hopes went away with the flag, and the Irish lost, 27-14 to No. 4 Boston College (7-0).

Through another disappointing loss, the 6-foot-4, 209-pound Parris was one of the bright spots. He caught four passes for a career-high and team-high 94 yards, including his first career score, a 19-yard touchdown catch from Sharpley early in the third quarter, getting the Irish to within 20-7.

"He's a smooth receiver that runs good routes, not a burner, but he runs good routes and he has good hands, and you can see that he'll be playing here for the next few years and just keeps on getting better and better," head coach Charlie Weis explained. "But he's a big target with good hands and runs good routes. He's the type of player that will always find a role on this team."

Parris also had receptions for 26 yards and 28 yards. He also almost had a few other tough grabs, and his 19 catches on the season ranks him second on the team behind tight end John Carlson's 22, and his 272 yards is a team high.

"I think route running is one of my better things because obviously I'm not going to just run a 4.3 past somebody," Parris said. "So I have to run good routes, and when the ball is in the air, I've got to make a play on it. I have the size but I have to use it well."

Sharpley thinks Parris did on Saturday.

"Robby's doing a great job getting open," he said. "Fortunately enough, we got to hook up a few times and move the ball a little bit."

***On a one-yard carry in the first quarter, starting running back James Aldridge was down for a minute, and then walked gingerly to the sideline. He tried to return for a play later, but other than that, did not play the rest of the game.

"I don't know what James is, but he came out and tried to go back in and was in for a play or so, and he just couldn't go anymore," Weis explained. "I haven't had a chance to get in there yet."

Aldridge still led the Irish in rushing on the day, as he carried the ball five times for 17 yards. Notre Dame gained just 27 yards on the ground, as they abandoned the running game in the second half trying to make a comeback.

***Sophomore guard Eric Olsen found out on Tuesday that he'd be making his first-career start at right guard against the Eagles. He appeared in five other games this season in a reserve role and on special teams, not playing in the Michigan game.

"Getting the opportunity to start was awesome, I couldn't wait," the 6-foot-5, 303-pound Olsen said. "I've been working hard all season, even last year, trying to get to that position. I was beyond excited to run out of the tunnel as a starter. I knew No. 4 BC would be a tough team, their defensive tackles are big and strong. I was just excited for the opportunity to start and I feel I played alright. I definitely could've played better, there is obviously room for improvement but I'm not that disappointed with how I played."

As Olsen's classmate Dan Wenger continues to recover from an ankle injury, Olsen looks like the current guy at right tackle. Wenger started the first three games, and Matt Carufel, who Olsen beat out for the job in practice this week, left the team on Wednesday after starting the next three games.

***Junior receiver David Grimes was in street clothes and did not play for the second-straight week. He hasn't played since injuring himself in the first half against Purdue two weeks ago. He practiced a little this week, and was a game-time decision. Top Stories