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  10/20/20 - Ian BookrSr/2021, Notre Dame, 6-0, 212 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  Book. The quarterback. The three-year starter who doesn't always do this or do that to everyone's liking. All he does is win. Like Saturday. Book completed a pair of critical third-down tosses late in the fourth quarter. He found Javon McKinley for seven yards across the middle on third and six. He found Ben Skowronek for 12 yards on a crossing route on third and seven. It kept the chains moving. It kept the clock running. It kept that Irish sideline believing. "As a quarterback, it's up to me to spread the ball around the field and be smart with it," Book said. "I just want to rally the guys. That's my job."

That's also Book, now a staggering 24-3 as the starter. That's who he's always been. He also had the pocket presence earlier in the third quarter when everything broke down and nothing good offered itself, to just tuck it and run and find the end zone for the go-ahead score. The only touchdown for the Irish. Notre Dame needed that from Book. He delivered. But what else is new? "Look, he wins," Kelly said. "When the game's on the line, you can count on Ian Book to come up and make big plays for us. That's a good feeling to have." - South Bend Tribune


(DS#14 QB) rSr/2021 QB Ian BookNotre Dame
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  10/19/20 - Kyren WilliamsrFr/2024, Notre Dame, 5-09, 205 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  OCT 19 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, R-Fr., RB, St. Louis, Mo.,....Rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries in Saturday's 12-7 win over Louisville...Reached the 100-yard rushing plateau for the third time in four games this season...Now ranks second in the ACC and sixth in the FBS in rushing yards per game (121.5) and third (ACC) and eighth (FBS) in all-purpose yards (151.2)...Saturday's 127 rushing yards came against a Cardinals' defense that had only allowed opposing teams 156.8 rushing yards per game entering the matchup with the Irish...Also blocked on Louisville's blitz packages, allowing QB Ian Book to rush for 47 yards, as well as buy time in the pocket. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#4 RB) rFr/2024 RB Kyren WilliamsNotre Dame
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  10/17/20 - Ian BookrSr/2021, Notre Dame, 6-0, 212 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  Kyren Williams ran for 127 yards and Ian Book had a 13-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that gave No. 4 Notre Dame the lead for good as the Fighting Irish held off Louisville with a 12-7 Saturday. Williams ran 25 times and had his third 100-yard game of the season as the Irish (4-0, 3-0 ACC) won their 22nd straight at Notre Dame Stadium. It came against an inspired 3-4 Louisville defense that spent most of the afternoon on the field. Notre Dame controlled the clock for 36:15 including a game-ending 14-play drive that burned the final 7:55.

Book completed 11 of 19 for 106 yards and ran 12 times for 47 yards. The loss was the fourth straight for the Cardinals (1-4, 0-4), who got 118 yards passing and 49 rushing from Malik Cunningham. Javian Hawkins, the nation's No. 3 rusher coming into the game, was limited to 51 yards on 15 carries. The Irish, who outgained the Cardinals 338-219, controlled the clock for 21:57 of the first half, running 45 plays and gaining 212 yards to Louisville's 23 plays for 90. But all that got Notre Dame was a 6-0 halftime lead on Jonathan Doerer's field goals of 32 and 30 yards. - Notre Dame/AP College Football


(DS#14 QB) rSr/2021 QB Ian BookNotre Dame
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  10/16/20 - Paul MoalaJr/2022, Notre Dame, 6-0, 216 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Backup rover Paul Moala, a local product from Penn High School, suffered a torn Achilles tendon against Florida State, Kelly said. The junior will undergo surgery to repair the Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. In Moala's absence, Ohio State grad transfer Isaiah Pryor will be elevated as the backup to Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Pryor came to the Irish as a safety, but he started transitioning to rover earlier this season. Moala, who rotated in with Notre Dame's starting defense at times, recorded seven tackles in the first three games. Pryor totaled three tackles mostly on special teams. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Paul MoalaNotre Dame
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  10/14/20 - Kyle HamiltonSo/2023, Notre Dame, 6-3, 210 (DS#1 FS) + More +

  Sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton was back in the starting lineup doing what he does. Making plays. After missing the USF game with an ankle injury, Hamilton returned with to tie for the team-high with eight tackles. He makes a big difference back there. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#1 FS) So/2023 FS Kyle HamiltonNotre Dame
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  10/14/20 - Liam EichenbergrSr/2021, Notre Dame, 6-5, 305 (DS#4 OT) + More +

  The medical staff was tested Saturday by Eichenberg when he appeared to get accidentally poked in the eye by of Florida State defender in the second quarter. Eichenberg eventually emerged from the locker room icing his eye. He returned to the game in the third quarter looking like a battered boxer and sporting a visor on his helmet for added protection. Kelly said Eichenberg, a captain, showed no hesitation at all about returning to the game. "It's crazy," Book said. "Looked like he got hit right in the face. He's just strong and he wants to be out there. He's tough." Even though Eichenberg is arguably Notre Dame's best offensive lineman, the unit didn't seem to miss a beat while he was sidelined. Left guard Aaron Banks slid out to left tackle and senior Dillan Gibbons entered at left guard. Book didn't couch his words like Williams did when talking about the Irish offensive line. He's convinced they're the best in the country, not just one of the best. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#4 OT) rSr/2021 OT Liam EichenbergNotre Dame
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  10/10/20 - Kyren WilliamsrFr/2024, Notre Dame, 5-09, 205 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  Kyren Williams ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns and safety Shaun Crawford helped thwart a potential Florida State rally with a goal-line interception in No. 5 Notre Dame's 42-26 victory Saturday night. Williams fumbled at his own 32 on the second play from scrimmage, then riddled Florida State the rest of the way, picking up 130 yards and both his TDs by halftime as the Fighting Irish (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a 35-20 lead. Ian Book completed 16 of 25 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 58 yards and another score.

With Notre Dame leading 42-26, the Seminoles (1-3, 0-3) drove 73 yards to the 5, but Crawford picked off Jordan Travis' pass with 8:21 left. Travis, making his first start for the Seminoles after shining in relief last week against Jacksonville State, was 13 of 24 for 204 yards and led Florida State in rushing with 96 yards on 19 keepers, even with a pair of sacks. He threw a TD pass and ran for a score. Florida State's Tamorrion Terry caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Irish wideout Javon McKinley had five receptions for 107. - Notre Dame/AP College Football


(DS#4 RB) rFr/2024 RB Kyren WilliamsNotre Dame
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  10/08/20 - Kevin Austin Jr.rSo/2023, Notre Dame, 6-2, 210 (DS#10 WR) + More +

  Austin, who missed the first two games of the season recovering from a broken bone in his left foot suffered on July 29, hasn't played in a game since the 2018 College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson and his last reception came against Navy in late October of that year. Austin was suspended all of last season, so the last time he was in anything close to game action was last year's Blue-Gold Game. Kelly said Austin will likely be limited to 15-20 plays on Saturday if all goes well. But what does Kelly expect to see from Austin when fully unleashed? "Based upon what we've seen prior - explosive, rangy, outstanding ball skills and a guy that can open up the game," Kelly said. "He can take the top off of coverages. He can catch it and go the distance, and he can win one-on-one matchups. A guy that would be nice to get on the field for us." - South Bend Tribune

(DS#10 WR) rSo/2023 WR Kevin Austin Jr.Notre Dame
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  09/21/20 - Robert HainseySr/2021, Notre Dame, 6-5, 295 (DS#14 OT) + More +

  SEPT 21 ACC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame, Sr., OT, Pittsburgh, Pa.,...Two-time team captain led an offensive line that allowed zero sacks of Irish quarterbacks in the 52-0 shutout win over South Florida...Hainsey and the offensive line paved the way for six rushing touchdowns, the ACC's most in a single game this season...Notre Dame's 281 rushing yards were the most by any ACC team this past weekend, and only one ACC team has posted more rushing yards in a single game previously this season. - ACC Football

(DS#14 OT) Sr/2021 OT Robert HainseyNotre Dame
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  09/19/20 - Ian BookrSr/2021, Notre Dame, 6-0, 212 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  Ian Book ran for three first-half touchdowns and No. 7 Notre Dame won its 20th straight home game 52-0 against South Florida on Saturday. The Fighting Irish (2-0) led 35-0 at halftime and for the second year in a row posted a 52-point shutout. Book capped the opening drive with 4-yard touchdown run and freshman Chris Tyree scored from a yard out about five minutes later. It never got better for the first-year coach Jeff Scott's Bulls (1-1), who were a late add to Notre Dame's schedule after the Irish joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this off season in a pandemic. C'Bo Flemister ran for a career-best 127 yards for Notre Dame as the Irish spread the touches around between starter Kyren Williams (62 yards on 10 carries) and Tyree (65 on eight). Book is the first quarterback in Notre Dame's modern era to run for three touchdowns in one half. He added 143 yards on 12-of-19 passing before exiting with 2:21 left in the third quarter as freshman Drew Pyne took over. Jafar Armstrong added a 5-yard TD run to close out the scoring for the Irish. Meanwhile, the Irish defense limited USF to 65 yards in the first half and 231 total while breaking in three new starters. - Notre Dame/AP College Football

(DS#14 QB) rSr/2021 QB Ian BookNotre Dame
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  09/17/20 - Nick McCloudrSr/2021, Notre Dame, 6-0, 190 (DS#84 CB) + More +

  The 6-foot-1, 192-pound McCloud covered Duke's bigger receivers. His role requires him to be physical, contest 50-50 balls and offer run support. Quarterback Chase Brice completed 4-of-7 passes for 39 yards when targeting McCloud's man. McCloud tied for third on the team in tackles (five) and recorded a pass breakup on a back-shoulder throw. He nearly intercepted that pass. The Irish featured McCloud in plenty of man-to-man coverage. What McCloud demonstrated in both techniques encouraged Burris about his potential for this season. "He has a skill set that can play off or press. He does it very well," Burris said. "When he's up in press, he can be physical. But he has the length that can take away some of those deep-ball threats going down the field. That's why you saw more back-shoulder fades against Duke." The Irish listed McCloud and true freshman Clarence Lewis as boundary corner co-starters in their week one depth chart. How McCloud played figured to be a reason why he never came out of the game. He lined up at corner for all of Brice's 37 pass attempts. Lewis did not play a snap. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#84 CB) rSr/2021 CB Nick McCloudNotre Dame
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  Notre Dame held a foe to 21 or fewer points for the 19th time in 27 games under coordinator Clark Lea. Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a 215-pound All-American candidate, had nine tackles, a sack and forced fumble. Up front, Lea employed eight different lineman (four ends, four tackles), all of whom logged double-digit snaps. That kind of depth allowed the Irish to sustain an effective pass rush with their base look. - Tampa Tribune

(DS#1 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahNotre Dame
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  09/14/20 - Kyren WilliamsrFr/2024, Notre Dame, 5-09, 205 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  SEPT 14 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, So., RB, St. Louis, Mo.,...Williams' 205 all-purpose yards in Saturday's 27-13 season-opening win over Duke led all FBS players...First Notre Dame player since at least 1996 to reach the 90-yard mark in both rushing yards (112) and receiving yards (93) in a single game...Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark while making the first start of his career...Scored two rushing touchdowns and took a screen pass 75 yards for the game's longest play from scrimmage. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#4 RB) rFr/2024 RB Kyren WilliamsNotre Dame
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  09/14/20 - Kyle HamiltonSo/2023, Notre Dame, 6-3, 210 (DS#1 FS) + More +

  Sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton made seven tackles, second most on the team, before leaving in the third quarter with an apparent left leg/ankle injury. If there's one guy the defense cannot afford to lose, if this team cannot afford to lose, it's No. 14. No Hamilton changes everything in the back end of the Irish defense, and not for the better. Irish coach Brian Kelly said afterward it was nothing serious with Hamilton, just an ankle injury. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#1 FS) So/2023 FS Kyle HamiltonNotre Dame
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  09/12/20 - Kyren WilliamsrFr/2024, Notre Dame, 5-09, 205 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  Kyren Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, grad quarterback Ian Book threw for 263 yards and No. 10 Notre Dame beat Duke 27-13 on Saturday at rainy Notre Dame Stadium in the season and Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The speedy Williams, who saw limited action last season as a freshman, had 19 carries and also was Notre Dame's leading receiver with two receptions for 93 yards, one a 75-yarder in the first half. The victory was Notre Dame's 19th straight at home and the first for the Fighting Irish in a conference after 132 years as an independent. Because of COVID-19, the Irish are playing this season as a member of the ACC.

The school announced a crowd of 10,097, 90% of them students, attended the game in the 77,622-seat stadium where fans were wearing masks and socially distanced because of the pandemic. The triumph also came on a day when the school announced a four-year contract extension for coach Brian Kelly, who is now 9-2 in openers at Notre Dame. Book outdueled Duke grad quarterback Chase Brice, who threw for 259 yards on 20-of-37 passing and rushed for a touchdown in his debut for coach David Cutcliffe after transferring in from Clemson. Book, who rushed for 139 yards and passed for 181 yards and four touchdowns last season in Notre Dame's 38-7 victory at Duke, completed 19 of 31 passes, one a 17-yard TD pass to Avery Davis early in the fourth quarter that increased the Irish lead to 24-13. He rushed for just 12 yards on nine carries. - AP College/Notre Dame Football


(DS#4 RB) rFr/2024 RB Kyren WilliamsNotre Dame
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