Arizona State vs. Notre Dame: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Irish

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Arizona State vs. Notre Dame: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Irish
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FINAL: Notre Dame 37, Arizona State 34

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish bounced back from their loss last week, defeating the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils in South Bend.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish Game Grades
Position Unit 1st-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense A- B-
Rush Offense C- B-
Pass Defense C C-
Rush Defense A- B+
Special Teams C- B+
Coaching B+ A-

vs. Arizona State

Final Grades for Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pass Offense

Tommy Rees completed 17 of 38 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. While the Irish did get the win, Rees still has a lot of work to do on his accuracy.

Rush Offense

As a team, Notre Dame rushed for 146 yards, but George Atkinson III was never able to really get going, with only 54 yards on the ground. Cam McDaniel led the way with 82 yards.

Pass Defense

Notre Dame still has some work to do in the secondary after allowing Taylor Kelly 356 yards through the air. Jaelen Strong led Arizona State's effort with 136 receiving yards.

Rush Defense

The Irish held the Sun Devils to 55 yards on the ground by controlling the line of scrimmage. Once the Sun Devils realized they were better through the air, they virtually abandoned the running game.

Special Teams

Kyle Brindza was 3-of-4 on field goals, with a long of 53 yards. He also averaged 50.5 yards on two punts.


The coaching was on point this week. The coaching staff made adjustments and the players made the plays.

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First-Half Grades for Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Pass Offense 

Tommy Rees had two passing touchdowns in the last 3:35 of the half, and he totaled 194 yards in the first half. The touchdowns were caught by Jaelen Strong and T.J. Jones, who led the Irish with 71 yards.

Rush Offense

Notre Dame had 51 yards on the ground, as George Atkinson III led the way with 30 yards on nine carries. The Irish need to get more going on the ground to open up the passing attack.

Pass Defense

Taylor Kelly went 16-for-20 for 160 yards and one touchdown. The Irish secondary is holding up OK, but it's going to have to continue to work against this high-powered offense.

Rush Defense

The Sun Devils have 50 yards rushing with more than half of that (27 yards) coming on two plays. Notre Dame's defensive line is controlling the line of scrimmage.

Special Teams

Kyle Brindza missed a 38-yard field goal on the first drive of the game, which hurt. Special teams is averaging 19.8 yards per return.


Notre Dame came in ready to play in this game, and it was obvious from the first snap.

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