Report card: Notre Dame runs away from Miami (Ohio) in win

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish started off strong against visiting Miami (Ohio) and rumbled to a 52-17 non-conference victory on Saturday.

The win was the fourth in five games for Notre Dame, which was ranked 22nd in the Associated Press Top 25 last week, and actually matched the Fighting Irish’s win total from the disappointing 2016 campaign.

Here are the grades from the Notre Dame win:

Offense: B+

There was some good and some not-so-good from quarterback Brandon Wimbush against Miami (Ohio).

The good? Wimbush accounted for 4 touchdowns, throwing for 3 and running for 1.

The not-so-good? Wimbush completed just 7-of-18 passes — 38.9 percent — for 119 yards, numbers that aren’t going to ease any concerns that the quarterback’s passing struggles could hurt the Irish against stiffer competition.

But the offense, in general, did a good job against the RedHawks, gaining 503 total yards with 333 of those on the ground. Josh Adams was too much for Miami (Ohio), rushing for 159 yards and 2 scores on just 8 carries.

Notre Dame scored 28 points in the first quarter and had 45 in the first half before easing off the gas pedal in the second half.

Defense: C

Miami (Ohio) entered Saturday’s game with a 2-2 record and hadn’t scored more than 31 points in a game this season.

Sure, allowing 17 points to a MAC school isn’t a huge number but those two first-half touchdowns might not sit well with fans expecting a more stingy performance from the Fighting Irish defense.

Miami (Ohio) quarterback Gus Ragland completed 19-of-37 passes for 262 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The RedHawks also rushed for 115 yards on 33 carries.

Notre Dame linebacker Greer Martini snagged an interception, which he returned 42 yards. Defensive lineman Jerry Tillery finished with 1.5 sacks.

Special teams: C

Kicker Justin Yoon made a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter and missed a 44-yard attempt in the third quarter.

The Fighting Irish punters averaged 33 yards per punt over four kicks, and none of those punts pushed the visitors back inside their 20-yard line.

Overall: B

There’s probably not too much you should read into a performance like this, considering the difficult stretch of games Notre Dame has played already and the tough tests that are yet to come.

Coach Brian Kelly’s squad took care of business, most importantly, and Wimbush and Adams once again were leading the way as they have for much of the first five weeks of the season.

The best news for the Fighting Irish is it appears the difficult 2016 campaign is now behind them and they are starting to resemble the teams of recent memory that were among the best in college football.

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