Athletics Writer | Spetember 17, 2017
Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush had already scored from 1, 2, and 3 yards out when he broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown to help ice the game.
Josh Adams had 64- and 65-yard runs of his own.
''Big plays, you don't look for them,'' Wimbush said after helping Notre Dame bounce back from its fall from the rankings by beating Boston College 49-20 on Saturday. ''You do your job and the plays are there.''
Wimbush ran for four touchdowns and 207 yards, a record for a Notre Dame quarterback. Adams rushed for 229 in three quarters, the first time in the history of the illustrious program that two players have run for more than 200 yards in a game.
''The tale of the game came with their ability to run,'' Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. ''Those chunks are what turned the game, because it was a close game.''
For about 40 minutes it was, until Notre Dame (2-1) scored three straight touchdowns to turn a 14-13 game into a blowout and beat BC (1-2) for the sixth straight time.
After stopping the Eagles on a fourth-and-1, Wimbush broke loose for a 46-yard run to set up one touchdown. The Irish scored twice more before BC was able to respond, one set up by Adams' 33-yard scamper and the other on Wimbush's 65-yard TD.
''We didn't make a lot of plays in the first half,'' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. ''We came in at halftime and went up to the offensive line and said, `Look, we need you to take over this football game. You're our veteran group.' And they really responded.''
In the matchup of the only two Catholic schools in FBS - a rivalry known as the ''Holy War'' - the Irish ran for 515 yards on 51 carries. Wimbush completed 11 of 24 passes for 96 yards, with one interception.
''You've just got to find a way to find something that's working for you,'' he said. ''And it happened to be my feet during this game.''