2010 Notre Dame Summaries and Recruiting Updates

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  1. Noknee

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    2010 Notre Dame Summaries and Recruiting Updates

    What hit 'em?!
    Notre Dame piles on against bitter rival Purdue in the season opener.

    The #11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0) took on the Purdue Boilermakers (0-1) in Ross-Ade stadium. This year's game didn't have the dramatics of last year's OT game, but the end result was the same with a Notre Dame victory.

    Purdue would take the opening kickoff and would easily carve the Irish defense through the air. The drive would end with a TD pass by Lichtenburg. After an Irish 3 and out, they would be forced to punt. Purdue was pinned inside their own 10 yard line and couldn't get a first down for breathing room. This allowed for Allen to break loose for 20 yards on the punt return giving the Irish great field position. Crist would hook up with Kyle Rudolph for the first points of the season for the Irish. The game was even after one at 7-7.

    The Irish would pull away from the second quarter on behind an opportunistic defense that would force 3 turnovers. That was a big concern coming into the year where they finished 9th in the Big Ten in turnover differential last season. The Irish would be +3 on the day in turnovers and all 3 would lead to Armando Allen scores. Purdue would bounce back with a 58 yard Bolden TD run, and Crist would respond with a 60 yard drive that led to a Walker FG as time expired. At the end of 2 the score was 31-14.

    Purdue and the Irish would exchange punts on their first drives, however eventually Purdue buckled down and and would be able to put together a drive that would end with a FG. That was the last Boilermaker points of the day. As the Irish running game would just gash the Purdue defense play after play.It really began to wear and tear the Boilermaker defense in the second half. The Irish would run for over 400 yards against Purdue, and it would be highlighted by Armando Allen and Robert Hughes. The Irish would score 6 rushing TDs in the game and would end the game with 28 unanswered points to pile up on their rival as Notre Dame would win the Shillelagh Trophy for the second consecutive season.

    There is some recruiting news this week as the Irish look to have another strong class this year by starting off on the right foot. The Irish got a 4 star offensive tackle to commit this week. His name is Joe Newton and he's a towering 6'5 331 pound giant from Berkley, CA. He has a very strong bench and solid squat, he'll need to improve his footwork to be successful at the next level. The Irish are upper classmen heavy at the position so he will be looking to get playing time early in his career.

    Players of the Game
    ND - Armando Allen 22 carries 286 yards 3 TD
    PU - Nickcaro Golding 6 tackles (3 TFL), 2 sacks

    Other Notable ND players.
    Robert Hughes - 9 carries 128 yards 2 TDs
    Dan McCarthy - 12 tackles (2 TFL)
    Dayne Crist - 10-22 197 yards 2 TDs 0 INTs
    Kyle Rudolph - 3 receptions 54 yards 2 TDs
     
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    Damnit i reallly wanted that behometh Newton...
     
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    Judging by his ratings, he should rate out close to what a lower 5 star would rate out, so it wasn't a bad pickup with the new recruiting rules.
     
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    After a busy few weeks the updates will come fast and furious, the first game was the bitter USC-ND rivalry game.

    The game was a back and forth affair that wasn't reflected in the final score. Notre Dame eventually pulled away due to Armando Allen's POTW performance putting up Heisman like numbers. His 250 yards and 4 TDs led the way while Crist had a quietly efficient game managing the offense, and there was several coaching mistakes that needed to be corrected.

    ND's defense looked porous at times giving up over 130 yards on the ground to Joe McKnight, this will need to be corrected with games against Michigan and FSU upcoming.
     
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    The next game was the Iowa game, that was scheduled to be a user/user game but we were unable to make the time. The score was far from the complete story as 4th quarter turnovers with long TD runs made the game to appear a blowout when in reality it was a very hard fought game with ND winning handily in the end.

    Armando Allen exploded in this game again for 345 yards and 4 TDs on just 15 carries. Crist also has a nice night with 3 TDs and 250 yards in the air. Kyle Rudolph was the weapon of choice in this game with 2 TD catches.
     
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    The Minnesota game was the most recent game and it was one of the most dominant performances in the Coach Noknee era. It was the type of game needed going into the Michigan game in two weeks especially for the defense and for Redshirt sophomore Dayne Crist, who through for 5 TDs and 345 yards all in the first half.

    Armando Allen also has another solid game with 160 yards on the ground and adding another 60 yards receiving. However Crist looked amazing and the defense shutout Minnesota in the first half, and were only able to score on the scrubs in the second half. Due to the dominating performance ND was able to play the game close to the vest and not give away what he will pull out next week against dreaded rival Michigan.

    An update on the recruiting front, there's good news and bad news. Highly sought after recruits FB and SS have decided to commit to Oklahoma over ND. Both recruits hurt the class especially the FB but there is good news, and very good news it is. ND has gotten 4 new commits to the class and it's all headed by possibly the best DT to come out of HS in the last 5 years in Joe Williams He is polished straight out of HS and could play right away with the graduation of the current senior Williams next year. He isn't the only bright spot however as 5 star TE Chris Nicholson has also committed as well as the 2 4 stars in K Travis Payne and JUCO DE Greg Archie. The class is currently ranked number 1 in the nation and Notre Dame looks to continue to add depth at some positions as well as look to find a solid FB recruit.

    Michigan is up next and ND is looking for a revenge game from last year when they lost in OT, a game that has been at the forefront of every returning players' mind. Coach Noknee has guaranteed a victory this year, and hopes to make a statement to the rest of the Big Ten coaches with this game.
     
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