Report Card: Notre Dame vs. Connecticut
Matt Gamber | Monday, November 23, 2009
As usual, Clausen’s numbers were phenomenal. But as the offense’s leader, he deserves some of the blame for the unit’s uninspiring finish.
Running Backs: B
Allen had a nice day with 170 total yards, but his fumble on Notre Dame’s last drive in regulation gave the Huskies a shot at a makeable field goal.
Tate and Floyd both registered at least 100 yards and a touchdown yet again, but the Connecticut defensive backs made big plays in critical situations.
Offensive Line: B+
Clausen was sacked twice and pressured in some critical situations, but the line paved the way for some good gains by Allen.
Defensive Line: D
The front four got manhandled in the critical fourth quarter, as the Huskies were able to physically dominate with a run-first attack.
Brian Smith made a critical interception in the end zone, but the linebackers looked a step slow and out of position too often in the run game.
Defensive Backs: B-
The secondary contained Frazer for most of the day but allowed a touchdown pass on 3rd-and-9 in the first overtime.
Special Teams: B-
Ruffer made three big field goals and Turk looked solid in his return to punter. But the Irish gave up a kickoff return touchdown that changed the complexion of the game.
The Irish came out firing on offense but inexplicably went away from the no-huddle approach that worked well in the first quarter, and the run defense looked lost at the end of the game.
Overall GPA: 2.59
Another disheartening loss on a day when the Irish hoped to send their seniors out with a victory.