COMPLETE GAME -- B
When you sit back and look at this game, the passing game got off to a hot start in the first quarter and the running game dominated the fourth while the middle quarters were left without much offense.
As previously mentioned, the Rees-Eifert connection was clicking in the first quarter, producing a touchdown.
However, the storyline was Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood's hard running throughout the game.
Riddick, who broke off a huge 55-yard rush, finished the game with 15 carries for 143 yards and a 9.5 rush per game.
Wood also had himself a game, bruising defenders 18 times for 114 yards.
If there's anything we learned about the Irish offense against a nationally ranked BYU defense, it's that the running game should be their go-to from now on.
Q4 -- B+
With Rees unreliable, the running game picked it up in the fourth quarter and proved to be a strength of this Notre Dame offense.
After Theo Riddick continued to carry defenders down to within the BYU 10-yard line, the Irish gave it to George Atkinson III for the first touchdown of the second half.
While the passing game was abandoned and the Irish offense became one dimensional, it didn't matter.
Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood were running with a purpose all second half and really tore it up for the Irish.
Q3 -- C+
In the team's first drive, a quick three-and-out by the offense gave the ball right back to BYU.
After a five-yard hard run by Theo Riddick on second down, Rees threw to a covered Eifert, but the 6-foot-6 tight end could have easily created separation on a smaller defender and given Rees somewhere to throw.
On the second drive, it was all Theo Riddick, all the time.
Riddick, who has forged himself as Notre Dame's featured back, broke off a 55-yard run down to the BYU eight yard line.
However, three straight running plays within the 10-yard line was snuffed out and didn't go anywhere, leading to a field goal.
If Notre Dame wants to win this game, it's going to be via Riddick, not the passing game.
Q2 -- C
As previously mentioned, a big part of their offense was dormant at best throughout the second quarter, making it difficult to move the ball.
With arguably their best target Tyler Eifert double-covered and sometimes triple-covered, he really had no impact in the second quarter.
However, the running game picked up the slack a little bit, with Cierre Woods (57 rush yards) and Theo Riddick (43 yards) leading the way.
Riddick looked particularly good on the ground, dragging defenders with him and refusing to go down.
Despite this, the Irish need to get into the endzone a few more times if they want to win this game.
Q1 -- B+
Before this game, I said that Eifert would be a huge part of this offense.
It's safe to say that's been a smart statement through the first quarter.
As previously mentioned, Rees has seen the single coverage on his tight end and made great decision to get it to him.
But Rees can't take all the credit, considering the large target has went up and snagged almost all of his catches, including the touchdown.
The running backs are also looking, especially Cierre Wood.
Showing patience waiting for holes to open for him, Wood has displayed nice cutbacks and it shows in the stat line.
Despite just two carries, Wood has 37 yards, including a 22-yard run that set the Irish up in the redzone.
The only disappointing things from this offense has been their inability to get George Atkinson III involved in the offense.
Atkinson, a former track star, has been given sweep plays to get to the outside but the blocking hasn't been there for him.