Friday, October 19, 2012

Notre Dame - BYU Game Preview

The Notre Dame defense is ready for another hard fought battle on Saturday, when they face the Brigham Young Cougars. Photo courtesy of Troy Breidenbach Photography.

The Holy War is here.

After a classic Notre Dame goal line stand and huge win over No. 22 Stanford last weekend, the Irish face their next opponent in the house that Rockne built in South Bend this Saturday, Oct. 20, the Cougars of Brigham Young University. The Irish may be looking ahead to a big game against the Oklahoma Sooners, but the Brigham Young (4-3) Cougars have a team that simply cannot be overlooked.

“I think it’s a trap game each week if you think that you can take a breather,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

Although quarterback Everett Golson was cleared to return to practice Wednesday after suffering a concussion in the game against Stanford last Saturday, Kelly told the media that his starter will be a game time decision after he evaluates Golson at practice Friday and again prior to Saturday’s contest. Kelly said earlier in the week that he would have three quarterbacks ready for this Saturday’s contest against BYU (Everett Golson, Tommy Rees, and Andrew Hendrix) with Hendrix scheduled to take 40% of the snaps in practice this week.

Golson’s practice time has alread been limited during the previous two weeks as a result of turf toe and a shoulder injury.

In Saturday’s game against Stanford, Golson went 12 for 24 for 141 yards. He had one touchdown and no interceptions, but was sacked three times. Neither offense, however, was having much success at scoring though. The offensive line did seem to get somewhat of a spark when Tommy Rees came into the game. Tommy, in the final scoring drive, went 4 for 4 for 43 yards, but the o-line did still to let through one sack. The offensive line is going to have to toughen up against BYU’s 5th ranked defense if Notre Dame hopes to get more points on the board this weekend.

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