Notre Dame’s defense shut out North Carolina in the subsequent half while in transit to a 31-17 win over the No. 19 Tar Heels.
No. 2 Notre Dame (9-0) tied the game at 17-17 not long before halftime and started to lead the pack in the second from last quarter on a Ben Skowronek hurrying score. That was all that the Irish required gratitude to a steller protective exertion that constrained punts on five of North Carolina’s six second-half belongings.
Gracious, it didn’t hurt that Ian Book was pretty damn acceptable as well.
Book was a performer all through the game and apparently got away from pressure from the North Carolina cautious front at whatever point it came. This insane devious flip pass to Michael Mayer in the subsequent half even worked out as well.
Book completed the game 23-of-33 passing for 279 yards and a score. He additionally needed to 48 yards hurrying on eight conveys.
Notre Dame set North Carolina aside with a heavenly drive toward the finish of the final quarter. The Irish got the show on the road up seven with 5:40 to go and instantly went 89 yards in eight plays and took 4 minutes and 20 seconds off the clock before Kyren Williams scored his second score of the game. Williams completed the game with 23 conveys for 124 yards and two scores.
Notre Dame fired Sam Howell 6 times
As Book had the option to escape from pressure again and again, North Carolina QB Sam Howell proved unable. The Irish fired Howell multiple times and held North Carolina to its least hostile yields of the period.
Entering Saturday, the Tar Heels hadn’t scored less than 26 focuses or had under 401 yards in their initial eight rounds of the period. Against Notre Dame, North Carolina had only 298 absolute yards. In those initial eight games, UNC arrived at the midpoint of more than 563 yards for each game.
The game appeared as though it would have been a shootout toward the beginning. The two groups exchanged scores a 28-point first quarter that finished 14-14.
In any case, Notre Dame bolted Howell and the UNC surging assault down after that. North Carolina’s two score drives added up to 125 yards. The Tar Heels had 173 yards over their last nine drives.
Notre Dame’s way to the ACC title game
It’s pretty basic for the Irish to get to a probable rematch with Clemson in the ACC title game.
All Notre Dame needs to do to secure its first — and perhaps as it were? — ACC title game compartment is to beat modest Syracuse at home on Dec. 5. A success there implies that Notre Dame doesn’t need to stress over the result of the Wake Forest game on Dec. 12 for ACC title purposes.
The result of that Wake game is pretty significant for the season finisher, obviously. However long Notre Dame continues winning the Irish will remain in the best four of the season finisher standings. What’s more, an undefeated Notre Dame could even conceivably lose that rematch with the Tigers and still make the season finisher.