It's been an up and down season for Notre Dame. But suddenly, the Irish a hot football team.
After the dispatching of Maryland last night, the Irish have moved their record to 7-3 and have won seven of their last eight games.
After an 0-2 start, an overall record of 7-3 with an outside chance at a BCS bowl seemed impossible, but now, it is within reach with a winnable game against Boston College and a shot to take down a Stanford squad that lost Saturday night to Oregon.
The Irish haven't just been winning games, but have also been playing excellent football on both sides of the ball under coach Brian Kelly.
When the season opened, there were questions about the quarterback position and the talent-level on defense.
Now as it draws to a close, this Irish team is playing its best football at the best possible time.
Here are five things to take away from the victory last night...