Game Chat: Notre Dame at Duke

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame and Duke face off tonight at 7:30 PM ET on the ACC Network.

We'll have all the updates here in the Game Chat, and of course we'll have plenty of pre-game, in-game and post-game discussion.

9:44 PM Update: Irish respond in the third quarter. After the defense picked off a Duke pass, the Notre Dame offense went 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-7. Book hit Claypool on a slant for 23 yards and on a post-corner on the next snap for a 35-yard gain to set up the touchdown, a 6-yard slide throw to Finke.

9:37 PM Update: Duke converts a fake punt on the opening drive of the third quarter thanks to a holding on Notre Dame. On the next play, cornerback Troy Pride Jr. picks off a Duke pass to give the Irish the ball.

9:12 PM Update: The Book interception doesn't hurt the Irish as the defense forces a long field goal attempt that was missed. Notre Dame takes a 21-7 lead into the halftime break.

9:02 PM Update: Book throws an interception to give Duke the ball at midfield with 2:07 left in the second quarter.

8:57 PM Update: Duke turns a Notre Dame penalty and short punt into a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7 with 3:17 left in the second quarter.

8:54 PM Update: A holding penalty on OL Trevor Ruhland negated a long reception from Chris Finke. Duke ended the Irish drive by forcing Book to get rid of the ball quickly. Duke brought three away from Notre Dame's slide protection, which tells me the Blue Devils had an idea that Notre Dame would slide into the boundary on that snap.

8:38 PM Update: Duke has an excellent defensive line, and Notre Dame has used the quarterback run off read plays to attack the line. We have rarely seen that from the offense in 2019, and that wrinkle has really kept Duke on its heels, which is allowing the Irish OL to get a push and open up run plays. Notre Dame currently has 164 rushing yards.

8:36 PM Update: Irish take a 21-0 lead thanks to a 45-yard run by Book on a read play that set up a 2-yard touchdown run from sophomore C'Bo Flemister.

8:30 PM Update: Notre Dame has forced a Duke three-and-out on each of its first five possessions. The Irish defensive line has completely dominated thus far in the game. The interior players have been especially good, but on third-down it was a combination of Ademilola inside and DE Julian Okwara having a strong outside contain rush to force an incomplete pass on a rollout pass.

8:21 PM Update: Notre Dame defense forces its third-straight three-and-out. Freshman S Kyle Hamilton had a great open-field tackle on a cutback run and on third-down senior S Alohi Gilman had an excellent tackle in pursuit on a screen to end the drive.

8:14 PM Update: First quarter ends with Notre Dame up 14-0 and driving. Irish will face a 3rd-and-10 at the Duke 49-yard line when the second quarter begins.

8:04 PM Update: Notre Dame goes up 14-0 on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Book to Chase Claypool. Duke went Cover 0 (all man) and Claypool had an excellent release, getting wide open on the slant route. Book got the ball out quickly to beat the blitz and with the throw to Claypool.

7:57 PM Update: Notre Dame forces a quick Duke three-and-out. On 3rd-and-2, Notre Dame executes an impressive run stunt to blow up the play. LB Asmar Bilal crashed the line of scrimmage, and DE Jamir Jones and DT Jayson Ademilola executed a quick stunt that allowed Jones to get penetration, and Ademilola quickly got around the outside and got on the back for the run stunt. Defense is playing very well.

7:52 PM Update: Notre Dame takes a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ian Book to Chris Finke. Strong play call and execution. Notre Dame ran off the safety with a seam from TE Cole Kmet and isolated the linebacker. When the LB stayed shallow, Book hit Finke on a deep in cut and Finke went in for the score.

7:25 PM Update: Sophomore wide receiver Braden Lenzy did not travel for this game.

Comments (175)
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Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Game Observations of the brilliant performance of the Notre Dame defense.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Game Observations of the Notre Dame offense from tonight's game.

TxIrish
TxIrish

Regarding Phil: I agree he should be playing. But, trying to see it another way, maybe Kelly is trying to show Book some support after lots of criticism the last few weeks. And / or since Book is playing well tonight, keep him in and keep the positivity going. Just guesses, and I'm not saying I agree but I thought I'd throw those out there.

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

Is it me or is it almost getting personal not playing Phil??? Almost a I’m going to show you gleans??

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Brian Kelly: You know, Phil Jurkovec doesn't have a lot of experience.

Brian Kelly with a 28-point fourth quarter lead and 8 minutes left in the game: Hey Phil, why don't you take a seat next to me.

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

So... I don’t get it???? CeBo gets 2 or 3 very impressive carries and we don’t see him anymore???

BobSacamono
BobSacamono

I'd like to see PJ or Clark after this drive.

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

Asmir has been very impressive tonight. As much as I wanted Chris Fink off the field.....this guy was a game changer tonight. Ian has been good tonight not great. Oline sucks though

Gipper1920
Gipper1920

For some reason, this game has me craving Bojangles

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Duke has had 10 possessions so far. The Notre Dame defense has forced a three-ad-out on 6 of them.

IrishDon
IrishDon

Wtf was 32 doing in that last punt. Why was he in that scrum near the damn ball. Poor coaching.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Second game in a row that 2019 Chris Finke has looked like 2018 Chris Finke. Has to be a great sign for the stretch run.

Matt0315
Matt0315

Chris Finke is having a nice gaame

smcnd
smcnd

Happy for Finke

IrishDon
IrishDon

Jeff Quinn is the Donte Vaughn of offensive line coaches. He is horrible.

Matt0315
Matt0315

these flags are annoying

Irish-PTY
Irish-PTY

have we reached 50 OL procedure penalties in the season yet?

IrishDon
IrishDon

We are a poorly coached football team.

Irish-PTY
Irish-PTY

The minute I saw only to backers protecting the punter, I knew it was a fake. After 9 punts, it was an obvious and odd change of formation

smcnd
smcnd

These flags are killing me

CoachT4
CoachT4

Why is our offense hell bent on chucking up the fades every time we get in the red zone?

Don’t care if we have single coverage, we chunk that play up wayyy too much with Book at QB.

Speaking of, why do people pay him on the back for completing barely over 50% of his passes? He ran the ball well but he continues to be way too inconsistent in the passing game. He gets credit for finally pulling on some read options.

@Bryan Driskell i can’t wait for the post season ply breakdown of the red zone lob. Feels like we are just trying for the all PI offense.

Gipper1920
Gipper1920

This announcing crew is low energy

USAF40ND
USAF40ND

Well. ND still up by 14 at half. But let me say a few things:

  1. How do we have the ball three times at or across midfield, we punt, hold them to 3 & out, then we get the ball back inside the 25?
  2. OL. Ouch.
  3. Polian...
RyanAltiere
RyanAltiere

I love the way the defense is playing. One bad play on the TD, but otherwise very solid. Hopefully more of the same in the 2nd half!

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

It should be 28-0 at halftime, that Ruhland penalty was a 14pt swing

KevinPS
KevinPS

So, I'd just block this FGA and return it for a TD.

Gipper1920
Gipper1920

Wheels coming off. VT part 2?

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Trevor Ruhland is having a brutally bad game. The holding penalty, been knocked back several times and gave up the pressure that led to that interception by Book.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Book has missed on a lot of deep shots tonight, but he's taking a lot of shots, which means some get caught, sometimes you get a pass interference called on the defense. Needs to happen every single game. Take your shots and let your talented WR's and TE's make plays.

Syr_Hound
Syr_Hound

Finke drew that call 😜

Matt0315
Matt0315

Vaughn got absolutely toasted

chamgel
chamgel

Vaughn never even got a hand on him... thankfully we’ve got enough time to answer

Irish-PTY
Irish-PTY

from 28-0 to 21-7, all for a holding penalty

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

Finally see a back with some wiggle and make u miss tonight. Live Tony but there’s some “shit” in 20’s game.

Matt0315
Matt0315

seems to be a lot of rotation at linebacker

TxIrish
TxIrish

Coach, I feel the same way you did in your prediction post - I'll belive the offense can explode when it does. Wow, they are finally showing signs of life.

lewboy3
lewboy3

Long must have saw something in film that suggested Duke struggles containing the QB on designed runs. Very aggressive today.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Duke has a very, very good defensive line, so the ability to get the kind of movement we've seen at times in this game is really impressive.

Jp_91761
Jp_91761

I want book out now. That pi at the goaline should have never happened. That should have been an easy pitch and catch. What is the number for the athletics department?

FightinMad35
FightinMad35

Looking smoov so far. Maybe Ian did find his mojo on last drive last week. I like what I'm seeing.

GregLA
GregLA

I like that they are spreading around the touches tonight

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Great block by Jarrett Patterson to get a reach on the QB read that went for 45 yards. OL play has been hit or miss. Either a big play or nothing.

Syr_Hound
Syr_Hound

Pretty drive

Jpearson81
Jpearson81

Where was this Book all season

chamgel
chamgel

Love Book keeping on the read option tonight

jsully0101
jsully0101

My prediction is looking pretty good right now!

Gipper1920
Gipper1920

Watching or O-Line run block is strange. We are a top program and fundamentals are missing. Not sure they understand a LB need to be blocked too

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Duke has had 5 possessions.

Duke has had 5 three-and-outs.

Clark Lea's unit straight came to play tonight.

dlinewins
dlinewins

How many throws have to be missed before you at least give someone else a chance?

Matt0315
Matt0315

0 push on that 3rd and 2


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