Irish Take Big Hit in Win Over Horns as Folston Out with MCL

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Sunday, September 6th, 2015
Picture above:  Notre Dame’s Tarean Folston (25) runs through the Longhorn defensive line during the first half of the Notre Dame-Texas game Saturday night. (SBT Photo / BECKY MALEWITZ)

 

All was not right Saturday night in South Bend after the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame’s blow-out win against a helpless Texas Longhorn team 38-3 in front of a sellout crowd (81,000) and a National TV audience.  Tarean Folston tore his MCL on his third rush and will be lost for the season.  The leading ground gainer last year for the Irish with 889 yards on 175 carries was the only experienced  running back from last year.  The back was expected to do more this season.  C.J. Prosise, a converted wide receiver, took the brunt of the rushes after Folston was taken to the locker room in the first quarter and made the most of his work with a career 98 yards in 20 carries.  Josh Adams spelled Prosie and had 49 yards on 5 carries and two touchdowns, a 14 yard rush and a 25 yard scamper.  Notre Dame will lean on both for the rest of the season. If you’d like to hear about how betting works, check out betting trends.

As for the game, Texas wasn’t anywhere to be seen as they took one of their worst beatings by Notre Dame, a team that owns the series 9-2.  Charlie Strong’s Horns were totally dominated on both sides of the ball as the Irish won the statistical battle in yards by a whopping 527 to 163.  The time-of-possession was two to one Irish, 39+ minutes to 20+ minutes for Texas.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was quick to praise the Irish defensive front.

“I think that was the singularly the biggest factor in the game, that they had a difficult time blocking our defensive front line.  I thought we had an athletic football team.  I thought we had the best depth we had. But you still have to put it together.  So all in all for a first game, this is what you should look like, and it’s something you can build on.”

As for Texas, the new run and gun offense sputtered and the defense couldn’t get off the field.  Progress that Texas Charlie Strong was looking for coming into this season was nowhere to be seen. The Horn, even after just one game, are on the cusp of a truly disappointing season. After being outscored 120-17 in it’s last three games, Texas has issues to solve to be ready for tough games against California and Rice coming up. Neither are give me wins. If you can’t move the ball and can’t stop anybody…………..

“It’s always a shock when you go out and get embarrassed,” Strong lamented.”

On starting quarterback Tyrone Swoops, Strong would not blame the offensive ineptness on him or anyone in particular.

Strong again, “the worst thing we could do was get (Swoopes) to third down (and long).  We got him to third down and allowed them to just tee off.”

“The worst thing we could do was get (Swoopes) to third down (and long),” Strong said. “We got him to third down (and long) and allowed them to just tee off.

From Cedric Golden, staff writer for the Austin American-Statesman on the Texas football program, “time to panic?  Damn right, it’s time to panic.

 

 

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SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 05: Nick Martin #72 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish blocks Jermaine Roberts #16 of the Texas Longhorns as Josh Adams #33 rushes for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 38-3. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

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Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 61 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder and expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A graduate of Oklahoma City University. Elementary School Principal in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years. www.fredpahlke.com


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