Mac attack: Kyle McCarthy comes through again
Senior strong safety Kyle McCarthy had three interceptions entering Saturday's game against Boston College, so it's no surprise that when the Irish needed a defender to step up and make a big play, he was there. On the first pick, defensive end Kerry Neal pressured Eagles quarterback Dave Shinskie, and McCarthy intercepted the errant throw. McCarthy returned the interception 20 yards to the Notre Dame 43, setting up a long drive that ended up a yard short of a touchdown. On the second, Raeshon McNeal tipped a pass that was intercepted by McCarthy on the ND 26, and the senior took it seven yards to the 33 late in the fourth quarter. ND was forced to punt, and Brian Smith sealed the win with his own interception two plays after BC converted a fourth-and-17 to the Notre Dame 31. McCarthy, as usual, singled out the teammates who helped him make those big plays. "The defensive line was getting some pressure on the first one, and on the second one Raeshawn made a great play undercutting the route and tipped it to me," McCarthy said. "I get the credit for it, but they made the play."
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