As the regular season winds down, Irish opponents tried to better position themselves for the postseason and others just tried to qualify. Let’s take a look:
Purdue captured the Old Oaken Bucket with a 56-35 win over archrival Indiana. Robert Marve threw for four touchdowns and Akeem Shavers rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 99 yards and two more scores to lead the Boilermakers. Head coach Danny Hope was fired after the game, but Purdue did become bowl eligible.
Michigan State earned a bowl bid with a 26-10 victory over Minnesota. Le’Veon Bell rushed for 266 yards and a touchdown to lead the way.
Ohio State finished the season 12-0 after beating archrival Michigan 26-21. Four Wolverine turnovers destroyed their chance to win. Denard Robinson rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Miami (FL) finished their season 7-5 after a 52-45 victory over Duke. The Hurricanes put up 646 yards of total offense in the win. Stephen Morris threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns and Duke Johnson ran for 176 yards and three more scores to lead Miami.
Stanford dominated UCLA 35-17 in a preview of this week’s Pac-12 championship game. Stepfan Taylor ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
BYU notched their seventh win of the season with a huge 50-14 victory over New Mexico State. James Lark threw for 384 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Cougars. Cody Hoffman caught 12 passes for 182 yards and five scores as well.
Oklahoma needed overtime, but knocked off archrival Oklahoma State 51-48. Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and three touchdowns in the win becoming the Big 12’s all-time passing leader in the process. The victory also kept Oklahoma’s conference title hopes alive.
Pittsburgh got one step closer to bowl eligibility with a 27-6 win over 18th ranked Rutgers. Tino Sunseri threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns and Ray Graham ran for 113 yards and a score to lead the Panthers.
Frank Spaziani’s tenure at Boston College finally came to an end after a 27-10 loss to NC State. Rolandon Finch rushed for 144 yards and the Eagles only touchdown in the loss. Spaziani’s final season in Chestnut Hill ended with a 2-10 record.
Wake Forest fell one win shy of bowl eligibility after a rough 55-21 loss to Vanderbilt. Deandre Martin rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown and Chibuikem Okoro returned a fumble for a touchdown in the loss for the Demon Deacons.
Navy had the week off. They will finish their season December 8th against Army.
For the week, Notre Dame opponents went 7-4 including USC’s 22-13 loss to the Irish. For the season, Fighting Irish opponents sit 79-62.