Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

September 9, 2013

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: Michigan O made ND defense look ordinary

SOUTH BEND — Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner did what Denard Robinson and just about every opponent outside of Alabama failed to do last season: make the Notre Dame defense look ordinary.

Gardner was 21-of-33 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another 82 yards and a rushing touchdown in a 41-30 victory Saturday in the final scheduled game in Ann Arbor that saw the 11th-ranked Wolverines (2-0) score the second-most points they’ve had in the 41-game rivalry that will end, at least for the foreseeable future, after the teams play next season in South Bend.

No. 21 Notre Dame (1-1) gave up 460 yards to Michigan, which is more than the Irish defense gave up in any game on its way to a 12-0 regular season last year. Only the Crimson Tide with 529 yards in a 42-14 win in the national championship game had more.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Gardner, who was the Wolverines’ leading receiver in a 13-6 loss to the Wolverines a season ago when Robinson threw four interceptions and lost a fumble, allows the Wolverines to run the pro-style offense they want.

“We’re going to be multiple enough personnel-wise and also multiple enough from a formation standpoint, with two backs, three backs, whatever it takes, another offensive tackle in, a lot of different things that we like to do,” Hoke said. “This was more like what we want to do.”

Gardner said it was great to display what the Michigan offense can do in front of a record crowd of 115,109, saying he believes the offense can be as good as he allows it to be.

“I feel like if I limit my mistakes we can go as far as we want,” he said.

For the Irish, who repeatedly failed to tackle Gardner in the backfield when it had opportunities, the defense is left looking for answers. After allowing an average of just 305.4 yards and 12.8 points a game last season, the Irish have allowed an average of 411 yards and 23.5 points against Temple (0-2) and Michigan.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly seemed more disappointed in the failure of the offense to take advantage of opportunities against than the defensive problems, which included a pair of key pass interference calls and some blown coverages.

“Last year we had to rely on our defense to win football games. I don’t want to have to do that week in and week out,” Kelly said during his weekly teleconference Sunday. “I think there are going to be some times when our offense has to win some ballgames.”

Kelly said he is not saying he doesn’t believe the Irish can’t play dominant defense, but said some players have to grow into their roles, such as Dan Fox who replaced Manti Te’o at inside linebacker and freshman Jaylon Smith, the starter at outside linebacker.

Kelly isn’t happy with the way the Irish played Saturday, but said he’s confident Notre Dame has the talent needed to win.

“I’m confident that we can fix the things that need to be fixed and develop the players that need to be developed,” he said. “I think that is the most important thing from my perspective.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • GN140418 bulls-gibson Improved Gibson proves key for Bulls' success DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Taj Gibson flashed back to the grueling workouts in the searing Southern California heat last summer. There he was with Derrick Rose, running and jumping and trying to take his game to another level for the Chicago Bulls while thei

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 base nr-wv kennedy PREP BASEBALL: A pitcher's duel EMMA -- The pitchers were dominant early on until the offenses could getting things going in a high school baseball game between the Northridge Raiders and the Westview Warriors Friday night at Westview. Both starting pitchers hurled four innings of

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thunder Pacers Basketball [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers switch into playoff mode against Hawks INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers believe things have changed. Instead of chasing the top seed in the Eastern Conference, all they have to do is protect their home court. Instead of pressing, they've been joking around. And instead of trying debating what w

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul George making big play for endorsement deals

    Paul George already has a winning resume

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140418 bulls playoff push NBA: Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards CHICAGO -- Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs? It's not the way the Chicago Bulls mapped it out at the start of the season. But here they are, holding the fourth seed and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 ghs wawa nr btrk 01 PREP BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Warriors triumph GOSHEN -- The Wawasee Warriors showcased a couple of very talented athletes in an NLC meet with the Goshen Redskins and the Northridge Raiders Thursday night at Foreman Field. Juniors Clayton Cook and JJ Gilmer were involved in six first places finis

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 bglf goshen hartsough PREP BOYS GOLF: Goshen easily downs Central in 2014 opener ELKHART -- Sometimes, the third time really is the charm. After the first two scheduled meets of the season were postponed due to inclement weather earlier this week, the Goshen High School boys golf team was finally able to start the 2014 season Th

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TGN Sports Roundtable, Ep. 26

    April 17, 2014

  • Pacers Magic Basketball -3 [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eastern Conference's top se

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results