Saturday, November 23, 2019

No. 16 Notre Dame 40, Boston College 7: Book ends Notre Dame's home slate in style

Photo Credit: Jon Opiela

By: Jon Opiela
Twitter: @jonopiela24

NOTRE DAME, IN— The Ireland Trophy remains in South Bend as No. 16 Notre Dame (9-2) knocked off Boston College (5-6, 3-4 ACC) on Senior Day led by senior quarterback Ian Book’s three passing touchdowns in a 40-7 route.

The senior class for the Irish won their final 18 games in Notre Dame Stadium— a streak that dates back to Sept. 30, 2017. After a loss to No. 15 Georgia, Notre Dame went on the road to defeat Boston College and Michigan State before beginning their home winning streak with a 52-17 victory over Miami (OH).

“This class in particular, maybe didn't start off their career the way they wanted, but boy, they sure have finished it in an incredible fashion. They still have another game to play, which is a very important game,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. “But to now have 30 regular season wins over the last three years, undefeated at home the last two years, just those are things that have not been done for decades. So pretty special class of players.”

In the first half, Jonathan Doerer shined for the Irish, splitting the uprights three times. With Notre Dame leading 6-0 in the second quarter, Dennis Grosel faked the Irish defense with play action and scampered into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown to give Boston College the lead. 

As the closing minutes before halftime, the Irish point 10 quick points on the scoreboard via a six-yard touchdown pass from Book to Claypool and a 45-yard field from Doerer.

The Irish defense pitched a shutout in the second half and were highlighted by seniors Alohi Gilman and Khalid Kareem. Both Gilman and Kareem recorded a sack in the contest and Kareem forced a fumble as well. 

The future for the Irish continues to look bright as Kyle Hamilton shined in the secondary. The freshman snagged his fourth interception of the season in the victory.

A trio of senior receivers caught touchdown passes from Book in their final game at Notre Dame Stadium. In addition to Claypool, wide receiver Chris Finke and tight end Cole Kmet each found the end zone as well. 

With his sixth touchdown reception of the season, Kmet tied the single-season school record for tight ends. On the ground, Notre Dame added a 61-yard touchdown rush up the left sideline from Braden Lenzy.

Up Next:

Notre Dame heads to Palo Alto, California to take on Stanford as they battle for the Legends Trophy on Nov. 30, while Boston College will head to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA, to take on the University of Pittsburgh.