Notre Dame Athletics | October 30, 2017
Saturday's match-up against No. 14 NC State promised a challenge for Notre Dame's sixth-rated rushing offense, and the ninth-ranked Irish proved more than up to the challenge, handling the Wolfpack rush defense in a 35-14 win at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Notre Dame rushing attack totaled 318 yards against the nation's sixth-ranked rushing defense, busting NC State's average coming into the game (91.3) by nearly 230 yards. At the head of the Irish charge was Josh Adams, who bolstered his Heisman credentials with a 202-yard, one-touchdown performance.
On a day in which he surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the fewest carries (110) in school history, Adams tacked on a 77-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave the Irish their 35-14 lead. It was his nation-leading seventh run of at least 60 yards on the season and his fourth of at least 70 yards.
Quarterback Brandon Wimbush went 10-for-19 for 104 yards passing, while tight end Durham Smythe led the squad with 52 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Irish (7-1) held NC State rushers to just 50 yards after averaging 177.4 yards per game prior to Saturday. Linebacker Te'von Coney led the team with 9.0 tackles, including 5.0 solo efforts. Linebacker Drue Tranquill followed with 7.0 tackles (3.0 solo) of his own, while Nyles Morgan recorded 6.0 (2.0 solo).