Irish vs. Ohio State, Take Two

The Irish continue their CCHA-opening series against Ohio State with their second game of the weekend in the Joyce Center. Notre Dame prevailed last night 3-1 behind the stellar goaltending of freshman Mike Johnson. Junior Calle Ridderwall, senior Dan Kissel, and sophomore Billy Maday provided the scoring. I’ll try to give updates from the press box at least after each period, if not a bit more frequently.

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Showdown in Beantown — Notre Dame vs. Boston University LIVE

The Irish face their first road game of the season, and it will certainly be a test. I’ll be providing live updates from the press box of Agganis Arena as Notre Dame takes on the defending national champion Terriers.

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Hoosier Showdown – LIVE

Follow as No. 22 Notre Dame takes on No. 19 Indiana in a highly-touted non-conference battle. This is the 30th annual meeting between the two teams with the Hoosiers holding a 23-5-1 advantage.

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Trojan invasion

Southern Cal comes to South Bend this weekend riding a seven-game winning streak against Notre Dame. It won’t end anytime soon. It’s too bad, really; the campus has chalk all over it saying “Beat SC” or some variation, tons of recruits are coming in and some people seem to think this is the year. But despite how it looked against Washington, USC will still beat Notre Dame. Doesn’t matter how loud the students are or what they wear.

The nice thing is, Charlie Weis understands how difficult this game will be and has his head in the right place about it.

“We know the challenge we have to face, we’re not oblivious to that fact,” Weis said. “We’re going to give it a fair go.”

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Saturday night hockey: Notre Dame vs. Alabama-Hunstville LIVE

The Irish hope to bounce back against the same Alabama-Hunstville team that beat them with 5.4 seconds to go last night. Follow the action here live.

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Hockey: Notre Dame vs. Alabama-Huntsville LIVE

That’s right, it’s already hockey season in South Bend. Follow along here as the Irish take on Alabama-Huntsville in both teams’ season opener.

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Washington post-game notes

After three close games, it’s starting to look real.

Yeah, they needed some help — Michigan State overthrowing an open receiver in the end zone, a last-second touchdown against Purdue and a huge two-point conversion against Washington. But the Irish have won all three games, so you have to figure it’s not luck at this point.

Positives:

  • Clausen. The accuracy, the fourth-quarter poise, the ability to run the passing game effectively in the absence of Michael Floyd. He’s good.  Charlie Weis said he might give Clausen a rest this week because of the bye coming up this weekend, but he reconsidered. “I think the more rest I can give that turf toe, or maybe on the flip side of that, maybe we should give him another turf toe,” he joked Sunday.

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Washington pre-game notes

In no particular order, here are some thoughts about the Washington game:

Jake Locker equals scary. He’s quick, and still has the read-option capability he had before he got hurt last year, and now new coach Steve Sarkisian has him running a pro-style offense. Against Notre Dame’s suspect defense, the options for what Locker can do are endless. The defensive line, while getting better pressure on Purdue’s Joey Elliott last week, still can’t be relied upon to disrupt the quarterback.

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USA stays in contention at U20 World Cup

The United States defeated Cameroon 4-1 Tuesday to remain in contention in Group C after what could have been a crippling 3-0 loss to Germany Saturday at the Under-20 World Cup in Suez, Egypt.

The U.S. will play South Korea Friday and will almost certainly need to win in order to move on in the World Cup. South Korea has lost to Cameroon and tied Germany. The game begins at 12:45 Eastern time and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Irish freshman Dillon Powers started the Germany game and came out at halftime, while he did not start the Cameroon game but did see playing time. He has played a total of 62 minutes so far.

Irish sophomore Aaron Maund has yet to see playing time, but probably will if the USA advances.

ND-Purdue postgame thoughts

Last post on Sept. 19? Wow. We’re slacking. Forgive us, we’ve been working hard on our new podcast, which can be found  here:

http://www.ndsmcobserver.com/podcasts/

Anyways, onto Purdue:

Lots of things to take away from this game, first and foremost being Jimmy Clausen’s play on a bum foot. He threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 24 seconds remaining to give Notre Dame a 24-21 win.

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