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Game Recap: USC

Game Recap: USC

Author: Martha Zaytoun and Genevieve Redsten

After the rivalry game was canceled during the 2020 season, Notre Dame once again faced USC in a battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh. The 31-16 game was Notre Dame’s second consecutive win and first at home since Cincinnati snapped the Irish’s 26-game winning streak in South Bend. 

The rivalry, generally considered to be the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, was first played in 1926. With a victory over the Trojans, Notre Dame increased their overall series lead to 48-36-5 and extended their series winning streak to four games beginning with a 2017 victory in Notre Dame Stadium. 

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Game Recap: Virginia Tech

Game Recap: Virginia Tech

Author: Greg McKenna

Lane Stadium could feel it. When Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister hit paydirt on a 19-yard touchdown run to put his team up 29-21 with just under four minutes to play, Hokies’ fans sensed they had the Irish on the ropes. 

The Irish offense had struggled all night against the Hokies, who were looking to improve to 4-1 and grab a signature upset in primetime. After a dismal first quarter, graduate transfer starter Jack Coan was pulled in favor of true freshman Tyler Buchner, whose dual-threat capabilities kept the Irish in the game. 

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Game Recap: Cincinnati

Game Recap: Cincinnati

Author: Meghan Cappitelli

On a rainy October afternoon, No. 9 Notre Dame (4-0) and No. 7 Cincinnati (3-0) faced off aiming to maintain their undefeated seasons. Notre Dame lost not only their perfect record, but also their streak of 26 consecutive wins at home. To add to the burden, former head coach Brian Kelly spent the four years prior to his time at Notre Dame coaching the Bearcats. Newly appointed head coach Marcus Freeman also coached as defensive coordinator at Cincinnati for four years before being hired by Notre Dame. 

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Game Recap: Wisconsin

Game Recap: Wisconsin

Author: Meghan Cappitelli

The 2021 home-away-from-home Shamrock Series took place quite close to South Bend this past September, as the Fighting Irish traveled just 90 miles to play at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago. Matching up against the Wisconsin Badgers, No. 12 Notre Dame headed into the game with an appetite to win what would be their 10th victory in the series since its inception in 2009. The Irish-Badger matchup had been long awaited after the 2020 game scheduled to be played at Lambeau Field was canceled and rescheduled for 2026. 

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Game Recap: Purdue

Game Recap: Purdue

Author: Matt Cotner

Question marks surrounded Notre Dame heading into their third game of the season. A scare against a non-Power Five opponent in Toledo the previous week, combined with quarterback controversy and poor offensive line play, led many to question the ceiling of this Irish team. While some of these questions remained unanswered, the Irish took care of business against the Boilermakers and clinched their 57th Shillelagh Trophy with a 27-13 win over their in-state rivals. 

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Game Recap: Toledo

Game Recap: Toledo

Author: Chris Frick

After escaping by the skin of their teeth in Tallahassee, Notre Dame had their home opener against the Toledo Rockets on deck. For most fans, this seemed like an easy week, and who could blame any of them for believing as much? Sure, Notre Dame had struggled to establish a run game the week prior. Sure, they allowed too many big plays on defense. Sure, they had trouble protecting Jack Coan. But there was no way that a team from the Mid-American Conference could exploit those weaknesses. Notre Dame was poised for a huge bounce back week... until they weren’t. 

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Author: Matt Cotner

Recency bias. It affects all of us. That’s why it is difficult to remember anything that happened in this 2021-2022 Irish football season that does not include the departure of Brian Kelly, the hiring of Marcus Freeman and the collapse witnessed at the Fiesta Bowl.

Taking a step back though, one realizes this season, like any other, was filled with twists and turns. It featured the return of fans in the stands, a game day experience that many felt relieved and excited to partake in again. It featured Irish staples, with another strong season from the likes of Kyren Williams, Michael Mayer and Kyle Hamilton. It featured new faces, such as transfer quarterback Jack Coan and defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman. 

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Guest column: BK makes his exit

Guest column: BK makes his exit

Author: Tim Prister

No one anticipated such chaos, other than the man wearing the purple shirt under his blue blazer the day he was asked about speculation regarding the USC job. 

Brian Kelly — winner of more games (113) as the head coach of Notre Dame than Knute Rockne — led the Irish to a pair of playoff appearances in three seasons and 54 victories in the last five. He took Notre Dame to the front door of a national title before turning over the keys to Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick for a new set in Baton Rouge, La. 

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Game Recap: FSU

Game Recap: FSU

Author: Claire Early

The season-opening matchup at Florida State forced Notre Dame fans to consider how much their nerves could take. In a game that saw huge momentum shifts and several lead changes, the Irish secured the victory with a 41-yard field goal by Jonathan Doerer in overtime to cap a thrilling 41-38 road win to start the season. 

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Column: Is this the year that proves the Irish should join a conference? Still no.

Column: Is this the year that proves the Irish should join a conference? Still no.

Author: Luke Thompson

Each season, as Notre Dame becomes further and further removed from the school’s last national championship in 1988 under Lou Holtz, a common argument arises about whether the Fighting Irish should follow the example of nearly all of the other historical independents in major college football and join a conference. Whether the Irish have contended for a championship all season or not, the voices are the same after the team once again comes up short: Notre Dame puts itself at a competitive disadvantage by remaining an independent in football. 

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Football Recap: Notre Dame’s 2021 Season

Football Recap: Notre Dame’s 2021 Season

Author: Grant DelVecchio

Things had gotten so rough for Notre Dame football after a 4-8 campaign in 2016 that a group of alumni and fans paid for a full-page ad in The Observer calling for the firings of Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick and head coach Brian Kelly. The ad cited a failure to uphold standards on and off the field and the confidence level in Kelly as “Zero.” 

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Featured Performer: Michael Mayer

Featured Performer: Michael Mayer

Author: Delaney Gibbons

Considered one of the best tight ends in the nation after receiving Freshman All-America honors, Michael Mayer is no stranger to play-making for the Irish, with 840 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. Mayer was a strength for the Irish offense, excelling in his ability to haul in tough catches, and was the top receiver in several of Notre Dame’s games this season.

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Featured Performer: Sammi Fisher
Crunch Time
Men’s and Women’s Basketball Preview
Irish Football Position Group Breakdown: Quarterbacks
Trey Mancini

Trey Mancini

Author: Daniel Paglia

Baseball is more than a game for former Notre Dame baseball player and Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini. It is a safe haven and source of great personal joy.

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The Road to 106

The Road to 106

Author: Matt Cotner

Three different presidential administrations have come and gone, as well as three Summer Olympics. But Brian Kelly still remains. On September 4, 2010, Kelly earned his first win as head coach at the University of Notre Dame

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Crunch Time

Crunch Time

Author: Michael Lee

After a challenging year due to COVID-19, the return of a normal fall semester has brought with it the resurgence of fall sports. So far, the women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, volleyball and cross country teams have seen plenty of action. They have practiced hard and performed their best at home and on the road. These teams have been grateful for all the support from the fans and are eager to maintain the Fighting Irish spirit

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Sam Grewe: Gold Medalist By Day. Med Student By Night.
Football Position Analysis: Wide Receivers
Sports Column: The Return of Fans in the Stands
Crunch Time
By the Numbers
Baseball Season Update

Baseball Season Update

Author: Grant DelVecchio

Link Jarrett was hired as the 21st head coach in team history — after seven seasons at the helm of UNC-Greensboro — the summer before the 2020 season. Since then, the Irish have experienced a total resurgence.

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Women's Lacrosse Season Update
Men's Golf Season Update

Men's Golf Season Update

Author: Lee, Michael

Although the COVID-19 pandemic cut the team’s 2020 season short, Notre Dame’s 2021 performance thus far has proven that the Irish coaching staff and players viewed the pandemic as an opportunity to improve.

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Featured Performer: Palmer Jackson
Men’s Lacrosse Season Update

Men’s Lacrosse Season Update

Author: Matt Cotner

While the team’s ACC record may not resemble that of a top five team in the nation, the Irish have beaten No. 2 Duke and No. 8 Syracuse and their three losses have come by a combined four goals.

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Softball Season Update