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Eye in the Sky: Xs, Os, and Rees

Rees and the Irish were sporadic in empty sets

A breakdown of Notre Dame's success from the "Pistol" formation, its lack thereof in empty backfield sets, and a look at quarterback Tommy Rees cutting up the defense inside the hash marks -- in limited opportunities.

Coming Up Empty Notre Dame employed an empty set (no running backs) on 28 of the game's 72 snaps Saturday night, including the entire final drive (out of necessity). Trailing 17-10 midway through the second quarter, offensive coordinator Chuck Martin and head coach Brian Kelly dialed up the offense's first empty set look, and after completing a 23-yard pass to T.J. Jones on his initial offering... Recommended Stories

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