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Game Thread | No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke

November 9, 2019
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No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke

Wallace Wade Stadium |7:30 p.m. ET | ACC Network

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Turning Point

Notre Dame isn’t jumping in the College Football Playoff race with a win, but Saturday is a crucial game for the program when it comes to the future. If Notre Dame wins, it can set up a strong finish to the year as the Irish should go 10-2 and play themselves into a nice bowl. If Notre Dame loses, it could be a tragic end to such a promising season. 

Now, a win against Duke isn’t going to be sexy or get the Irish respect from the rest of the country, but it’s a game Notre Dame can’t look past and is more than capable of losing if they don’t show up. 

Notre Dame showing up will be a great sign that this team has a care factor they spoke about and can officially move on from the disaster in Ann Arbor two weeks ago. 

It can also be an impressive win for Notre Dame as they will play three reserves, Trevor Ruhland, Josh Lugg and Dillan Gibbons on the right side of the line. If Notre Dame can run the football, it will be a step in the right direction to finishing 2019 strong.


Five Players To Watch

Notre Dame RT Josh Lugg
Lugg did well in his first action replacing Robert Hainsey, but he'll face much better edge rushers against Duke. We'll see if he can hold up one on one. He'll likely receive some help from backs to not put him on an island all of the time.

Duke LB Koby Quansah
Duke's leading tackler is fast and in on what seems like every play. He covers a ton of ground and is a huge reason why their run defense has been so good. If Notre Dame doesn't get a body on him at the second level, they will struggle to run inside.

Notre Dame RB Tony Jones
He was missed last week and hasn't seen any action since early in the Michigan game. The offense needs to re-establish the run and they haven't done that with anyone but Jones this season.

Duke RB Deon Jackson
He's not averaging a lot on the ground, but he's a versatile player who can make plays as a receiver. One of the only athletes on Duke's offense that has shown the ability to make a big play.

Notre Dame DE Khalid Kareem
He had great game last week against Virginia Tech and will be going up against a true freshman right tackle on Saturday. That is a matchup Kareem should win all day long. 


Quotes of the Week

CB Troy Pride Jr.:
"This week is a different mindset, but at the same time, we have the same work mentality. That's always going to be in the back of your mind. It's a moment you feed off of for the remainder of the year or years to come. You never want to get back to that point again. 

"We're bringing energy, flying around and we're going to be who we are. And who we are is that dog mentality and that's coming each and every day we go out there." 

DE Khalid Kareem:
"It all starts with us upfront. If we can do our job and make it easier on the guys in our back seven, it will be a fun game for us." 

OL Trevor Ruhland:
“This spring was really hard for me. I was coming in hopefully getting the starting center spot, waiting my four years for it. Injuries kind of derailed a little bit of that. I’m beat up. I won’t lie to you.

“I’ve been told not to play, that I shouldn’t play. I’ve got the knee of an 80-year-old, they say. I couldn’t give up and came back for moments like this. You might not see it on my face right now, but I couldn’t be happier.”


For Your Nerves 

TEAM STATS Notre Dame Duke
Points Per Game 33.8 29.8
Points Allowed Per Game 20.8 25.9
Total Yards 415.6 362.9
Yards Passing 255.1 196.8
Yards Rushing 160.5 166.1
Yards Allowed 344.3 351.8
Pass Yards Allowed 180.5 206.6
Rush Yards Allowed  163.8 145.1

Game Thread | No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke

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blairkiel
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That sucks about Ruhland
mattfreeman
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26 degrees in Durham this morning as I went to get coffee.
njirish
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Great ND party at Bull McCabe's last night in Durham put in by Eastern NC Notre Dame club. Going to be 33 at game time.
Go Irish JD
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this ACC network stuff is bs. screw disney corp
NDFan1
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You can watch the game here just search for the ACC network

https://www.stream2watch.ws/
Firefighter8196
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If you have sling tv they have it. I believe it's part of the $10 a month sport package add on. I added it for a month and will cancel it after the game ha
TornisODaly
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blairkiel said:

First

That sucks about Ruhland
That's why I try to never put down players -- one never know what's really going on when they don't perform the way they should.

Yes, "physically limited players" often play because they outwork the competition, and they make great stories. However, many other times it is also because one or more of the grownups in the room did not do his job either recruiting or coaching.
ndman
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What the hell is Chip Long thinking?.?.?



Sorry, getting some preemptive frustration out.
JND
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any one else having trouble - no sound - using the link above?
NDFan1
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the way I get the sound is after you click the volume icon there will be a pop-up. close the pop-up. And then click the volume icon again. It should work
buffaloirish1
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Lenzys out
Sgt Hulka
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buffaloirish1 said:

Lenzys out


What's the issue?
mattfreeman
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Lenzy did not travel due to injury.

Joe Wilkins Jr. also did not travel due to injury.
TornisODaly
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mattfreeman said:

Lenzy did not travel due to injury.

Joe Wilkins Jr. also did not travel due to injury.


Great news! Go Irish!
dtc60
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Game has not started yet, watching LSU/AL game. Having seen every ND game this year and all of those last year the major difference in viewing these teams is the amazing WANT from both of these teams. The WANT is tenacity EVERY play, Physicality EVERY play, Determination EVERY play- not just emotion but putting that emotion into the physicality of the game , man against man, line against line, RB's that DRIVE (N. Harris) to get the yardage needed, the TD, you name it.

Rarely see that with this ND team, in 2018 we saw it more from more players. I played the game, coached the game and you have to have that "WANT" inside you to do this every play and do what is necessary both as an individual and as a team to make what you want happen. Both LSU and AL players want this game,, in fact, if you watch SEC football much you can see this in many of the games... Interesting JMO
Blueengine
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is something wrong with Ruhland?
andrew32
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As a heads up . . .

Virginia Tech smoked #22 (#19 CFP) Wake Forest 36-17 today.

Good for ND.
greenbeer
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blairkiel said:

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That sucks about Ruhland
What happened to Trevor?

edit: never mind
Sgt Hulka
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OT: Joe Burrow is a beast
Sgt Hulka
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Bama about to fall from 3 to 4
mattfreeman
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15 mins till kickoff and this place is less than half full.
mattfreeman
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Blueengine said:

is something wrong with Ruhland?
He's falling apart?

Left knee: 3 surgeries
Broken elbow
Broken ankle
Broken nose
Torn pectoral (both sides)
Torn shoulder labrum
andrew32
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The LSU/Alabama game shows 1 thing:

Offense is the new king of CFB.
greenbeer
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mattfreeman said:

15 mins till kickoff and this place is less than half full.
How many are Irish?
greenbeer
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Nice interview with Ed O. and Burrow.

Both are very likable, actually.
Blueengine
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mattfreeman said:

Blueengine said:

is something wrong with Ruhland?
He's falling apart?

Left knee: 3 surgeries
Broken elbow
Broken ankle
Broken nose
Torn pectoral (both sides)
Torn shoulder labrum
Thank Matt, I actually know him and his Dad well, but was worried when I saw earlier post. If it's just the things you mentioned, he will no-doubt play well. He is a legend in the making!
mattfreeman
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Probably about 5xs more Notre Dame fans here than Duke.
mattfreeman
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Blueengine said:

mattfreeman said:

Blueengine said:

is something wrong with Ruhland?
He's falling apart?

Left knee: 3 surgeries
Broken elbow
Broken ankle
Broken nose
Torn pectoral (both sides)
Torn shoulder labrum
Thank Matt, I actually know him and his Dad well, but was worried when I saw earlier post. If it's just the things you mentioned, he will no-doubt play well. He is a legend in the making!
He's on a snap count so Dillan Gibbons will play.
dcl02003p
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Watching ND enter this field reminds me of a high school football game.
mattfreeman
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Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara captains.

#NotreDame wins the toss and will receive.

mattfreeman
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dcl02003p said:

Watching ND enter this field reminds me of a high school football game.
I've seen more people at a high school game as well. It makes Northwestern's environment look intimidating.
tjhaley
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You Tube? How do you watch this on utube?
Joe M.
mattfreeman
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Ian Book channeling his inner Joe Burrow for a 3-yard gain.
mattfreeman
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Three-and-out for Notre Dame.

I feel like I've typed that before to start a game.
pshakes831
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mattfreeman said:

Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara captains.

#NotreDame wins the toss and will receive.




That's a shock!
 
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