SOUTH BEND – Much has been made of the supposed disappearance of Tyler Eifert within the Notre Dame offense this season. However, the former Bishop Dwenger High School graduate emerged not in abundance in Saturday's 20-13 Fighting Irish overtime victory over Stanford, but in critical times.
With his team trailing 10-3 in the fourth quarter, Eifert made a spectacular, leaping touchdown grab – his catches almost are always of that variety – to tie the game at 10.
Eifert (four receptions for 57 yards) not only caught that 24-yard scoring pass, but also had a critical 11-yard catch in Notre Dame's final drive in the fourth quarter, as well as drawing an interference call against a desperate Cardinal defender on the ensuing play.
“It was tough, Tyler had double coverage on the back side,” Kelly explained. “We had to get the ball to him and maybe we forced it a couple of times, but the kid came up with some great plays.”
Remound was al(Wright)
Another former Saint player made his presence felt with regularity on Saturday, but for the Cardinal.
In his first year of playing, Stanford redshirt freshman running back Remound Wright is on the field quite a bit considering his experience and the talent on the Cardinal roster.
Wright is a back-up to All-American candidate Stepfan Taylor and ran the ball twice gaining seven yards.
He also served as the kickoff return man for Stanford, as well as was on the punt return squad as well.
The Irish eyes are on it
Notre Dame hasn't won a championship in the lifetime of any of its current players, but these youngsters have the entire Irish Nation in a tizzy, as their favorite team is 6-0 for the first time in a decade.
With the initial BCS Poll being unveiled Sunday evening, many around the Notre Dame program are cautiously aware that this team is accomplishing something very special with each passing victory.
“We are getting there,” Irish All-American linebacker Manti Te'o said of being a championship-caliber squad. “We are going to continue to work. I think that is the thing that makes us a championship team is that we are never satisfied.”
Te'o paced his team with 11 tackles, including three solo efforts.
Te'o's coach acknowledged that his players believe in themselves and what their potential is.
“I think that (the players) know that they are a good football team,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “They earned this win and so I think I would rather have them believe that each and every week, if they prepare, that they can beat any opponent.”