Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Saturday, September 1

Skip The Secrecy Next Time

All that quarterback secrecy was a big waste of time. Georgia Tech stuffed the Notre Dame offense behind starter Demetrius Jones into first-half futility.

This wasn't necessarily Jones' fault. Georgia Tech has a strong defense and wasn't about to let the Irish get into any offensive rhythm. All coach Charlie Weis did by keeping everyone guessing about who would replace Brady Quinn was, it seemed, confuse the Irish.

Weis made his reputation as an offensive guru via the pass. But you'd have never known it in the first quarter. Jones only tried one pass in the first 14 minutes, which was incomplete. By comparison, he ran four times.

The result was an offense that went nowhere. However, a bend-but-don't-break defense (helped by blocking a Georgia Tech field goal) kept the Irish in the game, trailing 6-0.


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