Notre Dame unholstered its Pistol offense 21 times during Saturday's competitive first three…
Eye in the Sky: Observations on O
No three-and-out series until the fourth quarter. Just one false start, just one holding call (and not on an offensive lineman). 14 plays in excess of 10 yards. Three for three converting third downs of four yards or less entering the less-than-competitive fourth quarter. 543 yards of total offense with a 35-27 blend of run and pass (23-20 entering the final quarter before the Irish began to run out the clock). Notre Dame's offensive output was less frustrating on film than live when it seemed missed opportunities kept the score down significantly (for both teams, I might add). Unbalanced lines, slot-backs, motion that indicated a Jet Sweep is in the future, myriad personnel groupings (including an all-freshmen WR trio), *formations (at least seven with 3-wide the most-often used) and backfield alignments (Pistol, standard spread, under center) all contributed to a 543-yard day, the third-highest of the 40-game Kelly era. (*Click here for a detailed breakdown of offensive...
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