Saturday, September 02, 2017 5:40 pm
Halftime thoughts: Notre Dame 28, Temple 10
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
SOUTH BEND — Here's a quick take on the first half at Notre Dame Stadium.
1. Dominant offense: Notre Dame wasted no time displaying an explosive offense, starting the season with three touchdowns in its first four possessions. Josh Adams has a 37-yard TD run. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush has an 8-yard TD run and threw a 12-yard TD pass to tight end Nic Weishar and a 5-yard TD pass to Equanimeous St. Brown. The Irish would have had more points at intermission, but Justin Yoon missed a 44-yard field goal as time expired.
2. Defensive pressure: Julian Okwara has the Irish's only sack, but Temple's offense has not been able to give sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi a clean pocket. Notre Dame's defense has been credited with three quarterback hurries. After falling behind 28-3, the Owls did manage to come up with a touchdown on Marchi's 12-yard hookup with Keith Kirkwood with 6:09 left in the half.
3. Key injury: Ventell Bryant, who led the Owls with 54 catches for 895 yards and four scores last season, was ruled out before the game because of a hamstring issue. Bryant had said during the week he expected to play, but his absence is a blow to Temple.
4. That was fast: Adams' scoring run came on the Irish's second play from scrimmage with only 33 seconds off the game clock. That marked their quickest score in a season opener since 1993.