Notre Dame dominates Pitt in week 9 of the season

NOW: Notre Dame dominates Pitt in week 9 of the season

SOUTH BEND, Ind – The Irish lose key member of the offense in the 58-7 win over Pitt.

That 58-7 win is nothing to look down upon. A 51-point margin and it's thanks to the defensive unit in the special teams unit who accounted for 21 points.

Unfortunately, that's not the issue for Notre Dame, it’s the passing game.

Sam Hartman and his receivers have to get on one accord as they go on the road to face Clemson in the 10th game of the season.

In a blowout win, the Irish produced over 500 yards of offense, Sam Hartman accounted for 288 yards, didn’t throw any touchdowns, but instead threw two interceptions.

“The quarterbacks get blamed, or they get, you know, credit sometimes due or not due. You know, we got to make sure we're on the same page with the route, you know, and you know, I thought that was a good ball, he threw, you know, that defensive back made a heck of a play,” said Head Coach Marcus Freeman.

Those type of mistakes can’t happen against the fifth ranked defense, who's preparing to expose the Notre Dame offense on the road at Memorial Stadium.

“We know, Clemson is going to have a great week of preparation. And we got to exceed that we got to challenge ourselves to practice better on a Monday through Friday than our opponent,” Freeman added.

Part of that includes expanding the role of wide receiver Chris Tyree.

With tight end Mitchell Evans out for the year with a torn ACL, Tyree is the leading receiver with 417 yards and the most productive in receiver room--not to mention his punt return in Saturday's win over Pitt.

“A guy that can move positions, have setbacks, and get better because of it. And I think he's still getting better. Right? And he's a guy, I hope that, you know, come back for another year. And he is just starting to scratch the surface of how good he can be as a wide receiver for our program,” Freeman mentioned.

The Irish are back on the road after two home games, they’re headed to Death Valley to face Clemson.

Head Coach Dabo Swinney must get his offense together, as Cade Kubnik is going to have to meet the Notre Dame defense that's been on a roll lately. Seven interceptions and the last two games.

Al Golden and the defense are cooking and we look forward to seeing what they're doing on the road and week 10 of their season.

Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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