By JOHN FINERAN, Related Press
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s worst worry got here true Saturday night time within the No. 9 Irish’s blowout loss at Miami. Miami’s forty one-eight thrashing of the Irish at Arduous Rock Stadium.
The thing that left a window broken on one of many Notre Dame workforce buses arriving at Arduous Rock Stadium didn’t hassle Kelly as a lot as what he noticed through the recreation.
“Yeah, if I noticed the turnover chain handed round (Miami’s) bench like Gatorade, that was in all probability going to be my largest concern. Sadly, that got here to fruition,” Kelly stated Sunday earlier than his eight-2 workforce started preparations for its remaining residence recreation this Saturday towards Navy.
The turnover chain — a gold chain with a big orange-and-inexperienced “U” hanging from it that’s immediately awarded to a Miami participant for arising with a takeaway — was handed out 4 occasions to rejoice the three interceptions and fumble restoration that the No. 2 Hurricanes (9-zero, No. 7 School Soccer Playoff) become 24 factors towards the now No. 9 Irish (No. three CFP) whose nationwide championship hopes probably ended.
The turnovers — three by beginning quarterback Brandon Wimbush earlier than he was changed within the second quarter by Ian Ebook, who threw an interception that was returned for a landing simply earlier than halftime — have been extra disabling than the hoopla and environment main as much as the sport.
“It was an enormous recreation,” Kelly stated. “We play in an enormous-recreation environment at Notre Dame however this one was somewhat totally different. Numerous these youngsters hadn’t performed in a recreation of this magnitude since perhaps the Clemson recreation (a 24-22 loss on Oct. three, 2015) and I don’t know that there have been many defensive gamers on the sector for that. I’ve acquired to do a greater job of creating positive that they’re within the second.”
The Irish didn’t drive a turnover Saturday for the primary time this season however surrendered 374 complete yards, slightly below the 375.6 yards that had been averaging. It was the turnovers by the offense, which managed simply 109 dashing yards, 215 fewer than its common, that proved insurmountable.
“You’ve received to guard the soccer and we didn’t do an excellent job defending the soccer,” Kelly stated.
Wimbush, who returned within the third quarter, ended his day with 119 yards and one landing (a 14-yarder to tight finish Alizé Mack) on 10-of-21 passing and was sacked 5 occasions, with Miami recovering a fumble that led to its last landing.
“(Brandon) clearly didn’t carry out…