Miami vs. Notre Dame 2012: Hurricanes fans credit Fighting Irish

The Miami Hurricanes did not have answers Saturday against Notre Dame, as they were defeated 41-3. Miami seemed to have its opportunities in the beginning with Stephen Morris dialing it, but his receivers were unable to help him out. Morris had two touchdown passes within his grasp, but was unable to pull them down.

What obviously hurt Miami worst was the 21-point third quarter the Irish put on them. Prior to that, the halftime score was, 13-3 and the Hurricanes were still in the game. But Miami couldn't stop a nose bleed on defense, particularly run defense. Notre Dame was able to bully the Hurricanes' interior to compile 376 yards on the ground. Two Notre Dame running backs went for over 100 yards rushing.

Here's some insight from the SB Nation Miami blog The 7th Floor:

Give credit to the Irish, they clearly controlled the tempo. Miami was a fast break team, forced to play a half court game. The penalties and dropped passes hurt, but the run defense continued to be beyond porous, and this ultimately was the biggest factor in the game. Manto T'eo and ND's defense were also very stingy, and did a good job of stopping UM when they didn't stop themselves.

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