What A Difference A Pass Rush Makes

Notre Dame’s defense recorded five sacks, four interceptions and three fumbles recovered while chasing Bruin quarterbacks all over the field and limiting the UCLA rushing game to just over 100 yards (adding back in sacks.) Scrub the UCLA off the Bruin helmets and you’d have a snapshot of what Notre Dame’s offensive season has looked like.

Trevor Laws is evolving into one of the best ND defensive linemen in recent memory. Mr. Kuntz is proving everyone wrong by showing Zorich like toughness. And their play allowed Maurice Crum to have the game of his life at linebacker. And that’s just a shapshot of what we’ll likely be seeing in the future with so many talented defensive recruits coming into Notre Dame next year.

Our offense, well, they didn’t make any big mistakes which was their most important role last night. Some puzzling questions still to be answered, but suddenly hopes are alive for a bowl game. We’re probably not going to beat BC or USC unless we make dramatic improvements, but we’re showing signs of life.

I also noted a big improvement in special teams. The coaches deserve some praise here.

And while UCLA looked bumbling this was a very talented team with a ton of experience.

Winning isn’t everything, but losing just sucks. As omahadomer put it, an ugly wins are vastly superior to ugly losses.

It’s all that much sweeter when ugly wins are coupled with losses by Meyer and Carroll. And Bruce Davis… isn’t irony ironic?

Check out the turnovers from the game.


9 Responses to “What A Difference A Pass Rush Makes”

  1. Luke Says:

    This is just a preview of what is going to happen in the years to come. The fact that we seem to be improving from game to game just shows that the 0-5 was not a lack of talent, but a lack of experience. And I’m not sure what could be much better… USC’s first loss the same day we win our first?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I really wish i could have gotten that game. Pay-per-view was charging $129.00 for it. ABC is a joke. We tried to rent it and Comcast said we needed to add some kind of thing for sports for a $1.99 a month as well. Games are always televised in jersey. Great win, just wish i coulda seen it. does anyone know where to get a playback of the game?

  3. jim / Redondo Beach Says:

    Please…let’s just accept our 2, 4 or 6 wins and wait until next year. A minor bowl – that might very well be another loss – would be totally unnecessary and leave another bad taste in our collective mouths.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I have always said that football is won in the trenches, OL and DL. And if a DL can pressure the QB, then the rest of your defense looks that much better.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I wouldn’t say hopes are “alive for a bowl game” — while our remaining schedule certainly gets easier compared to the first half, we’re certain to have several more losses on the season.

    Stanford was able to capitalize on USC’s mistakes, but they and Boston College are still powerhouse teams this year. Still, it’s nice to have broken the losing streak, and our players are finally beginning to gel and believe in themselves.

  6. Bill V Says:

    Pass blocking has steadily improved and the defense has played well enough. But this win reminded me of the team under Willingham in his first year. The defense won the game.
    It was pleasing to win- but the offense is still a stalled one.
    Sharpley has got to be given a chance so that we can see if he is able to accomplish things Clausen is not yet ready for (Jimmy just has not shown a downfield passing game). From Evan’s performances so far- I suspect he is.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Not quite sure I understand your hopes for a bowl game. If ND loses to BC and SC as you predict that eliminates ND from bowl eligibility. I am pretty sure you need at least a .500 record to be eligible for bowl.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    If Will Farrell did a movie about being the quarterback at UCLA, I bet he’d come out looking a lot like Bethel-Thompson.

  9. Bleacher Bloggers Says:

    Hey Scott
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