September 8th, 2013 at 9:52 PM ^

and the sound from the replays and the highlights didn't compare to the roar that happened live when Roundtree caught that pass. Sometimes you can hear the sound change when the ref turns on his mic and they try to hear him (like after Roundtree's catch) and the sound overwhelms everything


September 8th, 2013 at 11:29 PM ^

I was there for that too and thought the same thing watching it later. This year, it was when ND was going for it on fourth down. That was as loud as I've heard the place outside of the roundtree catch in UTL 1, and you can hardly tell on tv.


September 8th, 2013 at 8:38 PM ^

On what other games there are. M going to a smaller program like uconn on the road is kind of a novelty. If the pickings are slim that day nationally I could see it being a regional abc 3:30 game. Especially considering than M may be a top 10 team at the time.

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September 8th, 2013 at 8:49 PM ^

Starting to witness the hundred holding calls against Michigan while Beyer and Clark have their shoulder pads popping out every other play. The recent one against Miller was particularly egregious.


September 8th, 2013 at 8:58 PM ^

Asking this here is far better than starting another thread:

The Notre Dame DL really did not allow us to open up a strong running game, short of getting to the edges from time to time. The Notre Dame OL did not allow us to get to the QB much at all. 

Is this the best set of line play that we're going to face all season? Have we seen the worst of it until late November?


September 8th, 2013 at 9:46 PM ^

ND stacked the box and blitzed all night. It wasn't so much their line as it was their scheme. Tuitt & Shembo combined for a couple tackles, no TFLs, no sacks (and one gimme INT). Nix had a couple tackles and one TFL. What worried me was the lack of a field stretcher on the outside. We should have been able to hurt them much more on the sidelines with the way they were stacking the box. That may be where we miss Darboh and his (alleged) Hemingway-type skills. Some shots down the sidelines or back shoulder jump balls would have been nice. I was also disappointed with Funchess. He should have been able to get behind those blitzing LB's for some easy catches. I actually thought that Butt looked like the better option in that particular game. He looked like the real deal in person at the stadium. He made a great play on the ball on that endzone fade. Unfortunately it was underthrown by about 6 inches. In the end, our offense scored 41 on ND while running a very low-risk scheme. There are very few QBs I'd swap for 98. Bridgewater might be the only one that I would consider. The combination of size, speed, and athleticism makes Gardner deadly.


September 8th, 2013 at 10:03 PM ^

Actually I thought almost all the throws to Butt and Funchess were underthrown.  At least to Funchess, those passes in the endzone should be about 10 feet in the air but they were hitting him chest high and the DBs were batting them down pretty easily.  I'm confident that will improve.  Chesson was open deep on that first touchdown to Gallon as well, so I'm wondering how many other times he got open down the sideline.  He'll start catching some as Gardner tries to spread the ball around more the next few weeks against lesser competition and hopefully he'll be more comfortable going to Chesson by the end of the season.  Can't get over how good we looked yesterday though for it being the second game of the season.


September 8th, 2013 at 9:16 PM ^

is anyone else as worried about Gallon's hamstrimg as I am? He looked very hobled on that last drive (I just watched the interception/pass interfenence call and he was favoring it badly). Hoke said it was sometuing he would have to continue to work through. it seems like something that could linger the whole season and really damage his effectiveness. I hope I'm really really wrong.


September 9th, 2013 at 12:24 AM ^

Pretty sure I know what you're talking about, since I was horrified watching that collision from my seat in the south end zone.  I wasn't ready for the game to go on, although everybody else seemed to be.  It looked awful, but when the net was righted, she stood right up and I saw her wave someone off in a clear "I'm fine" gesture — must've just been tangled if she wasn't moving at first.  I was amazed but delighted to see it; maybe the net frame isn't as heavy as the Lacrosse goal it looks like.