Saturday's game was anything but the shoot-out many anticipated in South Bend. Notre Dame's shotgun had to much fire power for Nevada's pistol to keep up with Irish gunslinger, Jimmy Clausen, in a 52-17 Irish victory.
Notre Dame won the coin toss and received the ball to start the game. After just seven plays the Irish had seven on the board on a fade pass from Clausen to Michael Floyd.
On the ensuing kick-off Nevada showed promise in their running game but struggled through the air. Nevada quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, was having trouble getting on the same page with his receivers as he was missing some old faces to catch the ball. It wasn't helping matters when Darrin Walls and Robert Blanton were not giving Chris Wellington or Maurice Patterson any room to breathe.
Nevada was then forced to punt into the hands of Armando Allen who returned the ball 42 yards to the Irish 48.
After some success through the air to the usual suspects, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, Allen scored on an 8-yard draw play.
It was all down hill from there. Nevada was eventually in a 28-0 hole and was forced out of their balanced offense into the air where they had not had much success. Kaepernick finished 15-28 with 186 yards and a score but found the Irish hands of Blanton and McNeil.
Clausen finished with 324 yards and 4 TD's on 22-30 passing. Also for the Irish, Allen carried the ball 21 times for 138 yards and two scores.
It appeared as if the Irish were in control at almost every aspect of the game. The Irish dominated the trenches as their size and speed proved too much for the Wolf Pack. The Irish showed their size in outweighing Nevada on the O-line by 20 pounds and 17 pounds on the D-line.
Notre Dame's secondary looked stellar while Nevada looked like last year's 119th ranked passing defense. It was not much of a task for Jimmy Clausen to play catch with Tate, Floyd, Rudolph, and freshman Shaq Evans who contributed 3 catches as well.
To top it off for Weis he got to smile as he saw freshman kicker, Nick Tausch, split the up rights from 47 yards out. This may have been the best thing to come out of the game for the Irish who have been forced to go for it on 4th down situations due to the poor kicking or late.
There is a long road ahead for the Irish to become that elite program they once were but Saturday they took one step in the right direction. As the Irish silence the Wolf Pack they look ahead now and prepare to handle those feisty Wolverines.
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