Saturday, September 3rd will be a day that I remember for a long time. I was at Notre Dame stadium with my 15 year old son. He has never seen a great ND team. Think about that! By the time I was 24 I had already seen FOUR ND national championships, he has barely seen us break the Top 10. We came to the field expecting great things, and after 6 1/2 hours we left having witnessed one of the most colossal displays of blunders that I will ever see in my lifetime!
The strange thing was, that as numbingly awful as the game was, we were still convinced that the Irish were going to pull it out. The defense played very well against a team that is pretty difficult to defend. Sure we would like to see more pressure on the QB, tighter contain and a little more aggressive coverage on certain patterns, we still kept a very good QB and RB in front of our D. We haven’t seen a defense like that since Bahhh……….since Bahhhh, oh hell I can’t say it. The guy that followed Coach Holtz.
For the most part our offense was pretty darn good, up and until they continually shot themselves in foot. We put 508 total yards up! We had a running back drop 100+ on the opponent, and probably would have almost doubled that had we not been chasing a 16 point hand out the entire game.
Look. We must defeat UM and we must defeat them decisively! I mean a total domination in every single facet of the game. Trust me, we can and I believe we will. I do not want to look beyond UM, but if we put up the win that I believe we will, that gives us momentum coming back home against MSU. I don’t care how we beat MSU, even if it comes on a fake FG in overtime, we must beat them. That puts us at 2 – 1 and gives us an opportunity to run the table going into Palo Alto.
We have a very good team with more talent and more depth across the board than we have had for a long time. If we get the decisive win this Saturday under the lights, it will be a step in the right direction, and will right the ship.
I am not trying to establish some sort of moral victory out this. We lost! That is not acceptable, but the good cannot be denied.
Come on Irish. Saturday, September 3rd will be in my mind for a long time, but you can go a long way towards making that memory fade with a decisive victory in Ann Arbor. Maybe, my son might finally be able to see how special it is to have a consistent winner playing for Our Lady on Saturdays in the fall.