John Heisler | October 15, 2018
Seven down. Five to go.
It wasn't easy, but for the fourth time in 2018 Notre Dame showed it has what it takes to prevail in a close game. Pittsburgh held the lead for three periods, but the Irish came from behind on a late Ian Book-to-Miles Boykin scoring connection.
At 7-0 Notre Dame football takes a week off — with an open date listed on the schedule for Oct. 20. Then the Irish go back to work Oct. 27 in San Diego against old rival Navy.
Notre Dame this week joins Alabama and Ohio State as the lone 7-0 teams in the country. Clemson, Cincinnati, UCF and USF are 6-0 and North Carolina State is 5-0.
Here's what the Irish learned in their matchup with Pittsburgh:
OK, so he's consistent. It's difficult to imagine how Irish quarterback Ian Book could throw the ball with any more consistency. In his four starts, he has attempted 32, 33, 34 and 35 passes (games in no particular order). He has completed 24, 25, 25 and 26 passes (no order). He has thrown a combined 31 incompletions in those four outings in 134 attempts. He has completed at least 70 percent of his passes four weeks running, something never done at Notre Dame. He now ranks 12th nationally in passing efficiency at 167.9.
Irish mid-term. Since Notre Dame players spent a fair share of time last week dealing with academics, let's provide mid-term numbers for the Irish football team, too. Here are Notre Dame statistical averages for 2018 — compared to 2017 after seven games and 2012 full-season numbers (the last time the Irish were 7-0, on their way to 12-0).
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