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Game Thread | Tennessee State at No. 13 Notre Dame

September 2, 2023
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Tennessee State (0-0) at No. 13 Notre Dame (1-0) 

Notre Dame Stadium | South Bend, Ind. | 3:30 p.m. ET | NBC

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Five Players To Watch

Notre Dame LB Marist Liufau
Liufau had the best game of his career against Navy and looked like the player he was prior to his injury in 2021. He should get more opportunities to rush the passer this week and 3rd down is where he could really shine.

Tennessee State RB Jalen Rouse
TSU struggled to protect the quarterback last season and this game could be a brutal one for them if that continues. Look for them to try and get Rouse and the ground game going. He had two 100-yard games last season and averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Notre Dame DT Donovan Hinish
Kurt's younger brother played five snaps against Navy and with Gabriel Rubio out with a knee injury, expect Donovan to have a bigger role in the next couple of weeks. He had a good fall camp and will have a chance to play his way into a regular spot in the defensive line rotation.

Tennessee State DL Terrell Allen
A transfer from Austin Peay, he's an FCS All-American candidate with 23 tackles for loss in the last two seasons. If TSU wants to keep this one closer than everyone expects it to be, they'll need someone like Allen to be a disruptive presence.

Notre Dame WR Tobias Merriweather
It seemed like everyone on offense got a chance to shine against Navy, but Merriweather didn't have a day to remember with a drop on the first drive and a missed connection on a deep ball from Sam Hartman. This is a new week and a chance for him to gain some confidence.


Quotes of the Week

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman:
 “We all have to be saying the same thing. We don't need some type of false narrative, some type of, 'Don't overlook any opponent.’ We don't need that. Let's talk about what really matters, and that's winning the day.”

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Gerad Parker on calling plays last week: 
”I'd be lying if I didn't say there were nerves and certain thoughts of just because of the expectation of this place and really an allegiance to our players and our staff. You want to do a good job for everybody. I want to make your guy's job fun. And it's sure as hell a lot fun when we do what we do and play the way we played, for everybody. I get that. We all get that.” 

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Al Golden on LB Marist Liufau: 
”I just think like there were times last year during the season that we would be trying to protect him because he was not fully healed, like he was not himself. I saw the young man the other night that everybody told me about when I got here. That's how I felt. I saw a knee-bender. I saw somebody with suddenness and lateral quickness. I saw ruggedness to take on blocks or knock ball carriers back. I saw him attack the ball. I'm excited about him. He's worked really, really hard from the injury to get to this point. So just blessings to him and excited about his future.”  

Notre Dame running back Jadarian Price:
“I think this is the best decision I made to come here and I’ll always believe that. This place will take me farther than I could ever imagine. This team has challenged me to be better. Coach McCullough has continued to challenge me to be better. My teammates and the running back room – which is one of the best running back rooms in the country – challenge myself and others to be better.” 

Notre Dame WR Deion Colzie:
“I knew what I was capable of, and I got to show bits and pieces of that, but I'm just happy to keep moving forward and keep doing that the rest of the season.”


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Game Thread | Tennessee State at No. 13 Notre Dame

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dtfennell
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Good morning!

GO IRISH!
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davemc
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Ok, I've been trying to get news on Tyler Buckner and how things were going in Alabama. Been reading things here and there and then Pete Thamel drops this bomb on game day this morning: Saban is not running Tommy Rees' offense. He's running his own, so Buckner is having to adapt to that and that's why Milroe is starting right now. I had no idea. Did I miss something? Did you guys, especially Matt, Jamie, Mike and Chris. Brings up a lot of questions for me as to why then Tyler would go there. I get the Rees connection, but he lost the spring to learn the offense. Also suggests to me that he might get the hang of this and if Alabama is having qb issues he may end up starting sometime this year.
davemc
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I probably should apologize to those of you who don't give a crap about it, especially on game day, but figured what the hell it's Tennessee state, so we need something else to talk about.
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I wish I had found a way to get to this game. The music is going to be a blast.
GVSND

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davemc said:

Ok, I've been trying to get news on Tyler Buckner and how things were going in Alabama. Been reading things here and there and then Pete Thamel drops this bomb on game day this morning: Saban is not running Tommy Rees' offense. He's running his own, so Buckner is having to adapt to that and that's why Milroe is starting right now. I had no idea. Did I miss something? Did you guys, especially Matt, Jamie, Mike and Chris. Brings up a lot of questions for me as to why then Tyler would go there. I get the Rees connection, but he lost the spring to learn the offense. Also suggests to me that he might get the hang of this and if Alabama is having qb issues he may end up starting sometime this year.
I wonder how long it took Saban to get to that decision.
About how long it takes to watch the highlights of Stanford 2022 and 2nd half Navy 2022 is my guess
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It's hot in South Bend.
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Believe Drayk Bowen is in concussion protocol from last week.

Sgt Hulka
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Ahhhh, you big baby. Grab a cool one and do work
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Over a week ago, I posted about Rees not running his offense. He has maybe a few wrinkles he can add. I have seen where Buchner is #2 and I've also seen where he is #3 behind Ty Simpson.
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Very light crowd today.
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mattfreeman said:

Very light crowd today.


Tailgate lots were crazy I would be surprised. Walking in with 10s of thousands now
REMND
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That is the least packed ND stadium that I have ever seen.
REMND
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7 minutes left in the TCU (42)/Colo game (38). I would not be surprised if they scored 21 points in that time.

Wow. Colo scored while I was typing and leads 45 -42.
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Notre Dame will start with the football.
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Touchback.,
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Hoping to see very efficient football right from the start.
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Estim +9
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Hartman +9.
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The blocking on Audric opening run was gorgeous
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Hartman to Flores +12
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Estime got greedy and lost a yard.
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right side OL is being challenged
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3rd-and-4: Gi'Bran Payne +5
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Hartman misses Evan open in the middle as he took off to scramble.
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Jeremiyah Love in the game.
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mattfreeman said:

Jeremiyah Love in the game.
Jeremiyah Love 36-yard touchdown.

No. 13 Notre Dame 7
Tennessee State 0

9:17 | 1Q

10 plays. 75 yards in 5:43

pbrad28
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Wow…
mjhahn
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Love is a STUD. He's gonna be great.
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That was fun
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More pulling OL on running plays, please. Should be ND's bread & butter.
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Boom!
REMND
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Peacock is one play behind the game board.
 
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