The talk all week was how quickly ND would surpass the paltry 11 yd rushing we posted last year against BYU. Everyone expected it would happen in the first quarter, probably on the first drive. Many even speculated that the first rushing attempt of the day would do the trick. Certainly nobody expected ND to have -1 yd on the ground in the first quarter, and -6 yd at the end of the first half. Of course, in the meantime Quinn and co. were shredding the BYU secondary to set all sorts of records.
The team and crowd did seem to come out flat this week, and after getting a nice lead at 28-10, ND let BYU get back within 5. However, as good teams do, we put the petal to the metal again against an inferior team and won going away. One of the best things about this team is that they do not play down to the competition. In the O’Davieham years, every game was a nailbiter. This team just takes care of business.