Tag:Dayne Crist
Posted on: October 30, 2010 3:15 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 4:18 pm

Dayne Crist is done for season with knee injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's certainly been a very hard week in South Bend with the death of Declan Sullivan, and while that situation tends to put the importance of college football in perspective, the Irish are trying to move forward on the football field.  Which is going to be a bit harder to do following an injury to quarterback Dayne Crist.

Crist scrambled for 28 yards on a third-and-eight to pick up a first down, but after being knocked out of bounds, he went to the ground clutching his left knee.  He did not return to the game, being replaced by freshman Tommy Rees, and was last seen with his left leg in an air cast and being helped to the locker room.

Notre Dame is not sure of the extent of Crist's injury, but they will be performing x-rays on the leg in the locker room.  It's safe to say that he will not be returning to today's game.

UPDATE: The diagnosis is in for Crist's injury, and it is not good.  He has a ruptured left patella tendon and his season is over.

Posted on: October 23, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2010 2:30 pm

Navy running over Notre Dame

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The days of Notre Dame 's 43-game win streak over Navy seem like a very long time ago.  At halftime in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Midshipmen look like they're ready to pick up their third win over the Irish in the last four years, leading 21-10 at the half.

Notre Dame's defense is just being gashed by the option attack of Navy, as the Middies have put together scoring drives of 99 and 71 yards, with Alexander Teich , Gee Gee Green and Ricky Dobbs exploiting huge holes and missed assignments all day.  Navy tacked on another touchdown just before the half after Dayne Crist threw an interception to leave a short field for the Midshipmen.

The defining play of the first half came on Notre Dame's first drive, when facing a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, Crist was stuffed on a quarterback sneak.  Navy then countered with that 99-yard touchdown drive, 84 of which came courtesy of Teich on a 54-yard run up the middle and a 30-yard touchdown catch on a screen pass.

Brian Kelly said before the game that wide receiver Michael Floyd, who has been battling a hamstring injury all week, would only play in an emergency.  I wonder if being down 21-10 at halftime constitutes one?

Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:12 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 10:16 am

Notre Dame's Floyd: 'I'm going to play'

Posted by Chip Patterson

After a brutal early season schedule that left Notre Dame in a 1-3 hole, the Irish have rattled off three straight wins and put them back in position to make a run at the postseason.  Which of course is the worst time to be dealing with injury issues, particularly in the receiving corps.  But with tight end Kyle Rudolph out for the season, Theo Riddick sitting out with an ankle, and Michael Floyd nursing a hamstring, the Irish could be looking at taking the field against Navy without their three leading receivers.  However, Floyd claims he will be playing on Saturday, despite sitting out Wednesday's practice.  

''I'll tell you right now I'm going to play,'' Floyd said after practice. ''I don't know how much I'm going to play. But we'll see."

Head coach Brian Kelly has officially listed Floyd as a game time decision.  While Floyd has confidence that in his self-assessment, the Notre Dame training staff will likely be extra attentive to the injury after Kyle Rudolph stressed a similar injury to the point of needing surgery.  Floyd played through the injury already against Western Michigan.  While he favored the hamstring at times, it did not slow his production.  Floyd led all receivers with nine catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns.  

The Irish also expect to get a healthy Armando Allen back in the lineup, after being limited against Western Michigan with a hip-flexor.  Getting healthy on the offensive side will be crucial against the Midshipmen.  They can slow a game down with their option attack, making each Irish offensive possession even more important.  If Notre Dame cannot execute their offense, it could be a long day for the Irish defense.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:27 pm

Stanford up 16-6 in South Bend

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the Cardinal aren't on a pace to maintain their 50-plus points per game average through their first three games of the season, Stanford has managed to score enough points to build a 10 point lead over Notre Dame at halftime in South Bend.  Stanford currently leads the Irish 16-6 and if it weren't for a couple of turnovers and false start penalties could be leading by even more.

Stanford also failed to capitalize on some fantastic field position following a Dayne Crist fumble in the first quarter.  Stanford started with the ball at the Notre Dame 26-yard line but couldn't pick up a first down and had to settle for a field goal.

Andrew Luck has thrown for 176 yards with a touchdown and interception in the first half  -- an inteception that came as Stanford was driving late in the second quarter -- as he's led the Stanford offense to 237 yards in the first half.  The Stanford defense has done a solid job of slowing the Irish offensive attack, limiting Notre Dame to 124 yards at halftime and keeping them two of seven on third down conversions.  The key for the Stanford defense has been completely stuffing the Notre Dame rushing attack, as the Irish have only managed 23 yards on the ground in 15 carries.

They've also taken Crist out behind the woodshed, leveling the Notre Dame quarterback on seemingly every play.  If Stanford can stop being their own worst enemy in the second half it shouldn't have any problems leaving South Bend 4-0.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 11:05 pm

Irish and Spartans locked in 7-7 tie

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Through the first 30 minutes in East Lansing there's been quite a bit of offense, but not much in the way of points.  Notre Dame has 205 total yards of offense in the first half but their lone touchdown came in the first quarter when Dayne Crist hit Michael Floyd on a 7-yard fade route in the end zone.  Michigan State, meanwhile, has managed 214 yards of their own, but like the Irish, only 7 points.

Their score came on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to KeShawn Martin.

So why the lack of points?  Well, as is often the case, turnovers.  Turnovers which are even more deadly when they happen inside the red zone.

This game could look a lot different right now if both teams were doing a better job holding onto the ball.  In the second quarter the Spartans put together a 16-play 72-yard drive only to see it end when Cousins was picked off in the end zone by Zeke Mowatt.   The Irish's misfortunes have come courtesy of a Michael Floyd fumble at the Spartans 11-yard line and a Dayne Crist interception at the Michigan State 6-yard line.

So, theoretically, this game should be somewhere in the 21-14 range.  Realistically it's tied 7-7 with two very unhappy coaches laying into their teams in the locker room.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 5:45 pm

Notre Dame's Crist leaves game with injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Brian Kelly has his first injured quarterback as head coach of Notre Dame .  After leading the Irish to a scoring drive and a 7-0 lead against Michigan on Saturday in South Bend, Dayne Crist appeared to hurt himself on a quarterback sneak on Notre Dame's next drive.  While replays didn't show exactly what happened, Crist seemed to take a blow on the head.

Notre Dame coaches were then seen waving smelling salts under Crist's nose on the sideline.

Crist was replaced by Tommy Rees who had his first pass intercepted, and Michigan tied the game on a touchdown pass on the first play after.  Rees would come out for Notre Dame's next drive while Crist stood on the sideline with his helmet on.  Nate Montana -- you may have heard of his father, some guy named Joe -- would then come out for the next Notre Dame drive, a quick three and out.

According to NBC commentator Tom Hammond, Crist is having trouble seeing out of his right eye.  He is not expected to return in the first half, and Notre Dame is being awfully quiet about the injury.

UPDATE: Crist returned to the game as Notre Dame's quarterback to start the second half

Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:10 pm

Brian Kelly Era in South Bend Off To A Nice Start

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before Saturday afternoon, Brian Kelly had never set foot inside Notre Dame Stadium for a football game.  Now, thirty minutes into his first game in South Bend, the new Notre Dame head coach has to like what he's seen so far. 

The Irish currently hold a 13-3 lead over the Purdue Boilermakers at halftime thanks to what has been a balanced attack on offense and strong performance from the defense.

Quarterback Dayne Crist -- in his first start -- had a solid effort in the first half, completing 12 of his 16 pass attempts for 126 yards, but the ground game has been the driving force for the Irish.  Armando Allen has 48 yards rushing and a touchdown on only eight carries, while sophomore Cierre Wood has mad the most of his college debut with 43 yards on six carries.

On the other side of the ball, the Notre Dame defense has done a nice job of slowing down Robert Marve and the rest of the Boilermakers offense.  What was a glaring weakness for Notre Dame during the Charlie Weis era looks like it may end up as a strength under Kelly.  The only time the Irish defense had any trouble stopping Purdue was when backup quarterback Rob Henry took over for Marve during the second quarter and picked up 16 yards on three carries to get Purdue inside the Notre Dame 20-yard line.

The Irish were able to hold once Marve returned to take snaps, and forced Purdue to settle for a field goal.

Of course, the second half has been a big problem for Notre Dame the last few years, so the true indicator of which direction this team is heading will be in the third and fourth quarters, and whether or not they can finish what they've started.

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