By KYLE HIGHTOWER, A.P. Game writer
BOSTON (AP) – Ian Book passed for three touchdowns and ran for second and No. 2 Notre Dame and recovered from an early deficit to roll to a 45–31 victory at Boston College on Saturday.
The Fighting Irish’s eighth straight win in a series between FBS’s only Catholic institutions gave coach Brian Kelly his 100th career win at the school, tying him for the second time with La Holtz. He is now just five behind coach Nut Rocken.
Clemson, coming away with an exciting win against Notre Dame (8-0, 7-0 ACC), led the book to a season-high 561 total yards against BC, who finished 20 of 27 for 283 yards. Completed.
He also ran for 85 yards and a touchdown. Ben Skowronk caught all three of Book’s TD passes, but also had one of three Notre Dame fumbles that day. C’Bo Flemster raced for two touchdowns before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent left foot injury.
Phil Jarkovec, a transfer from Notre Dame playing against his former team for the first time, finished 18 of 40 for 272 yards, a touchdown and interception for Boston College.
The Th Eagles fought hard in the first half, recovering a pair of Notre Dame fumble, but scored just six points.
His defense also had some answers for Book, who took advantage of the receiver’s Irish length throughout the game to produce five pass plays of 20 or five yards.
The Eagles held a 10-3 lead in the first quarter before the Irish outscored them 28-6 of the first half.
Boston College had a chance to cut the deficit to 24-16 late in the second quarter when Notre Dame’s Crean Williams stumbled after a hit from BC’s Chibuze Onwuka. The ball was recovered by Isaiah McDuffie on Irish 42.
But BC gave it back after three plays when Jurkov was expecting it before center Alec Lindstrom snatched the ball. It was abandoned by Notre Dame defensive end Daelin Hayes with 2:05 left on the Eagles 49 in the quarter.
Notre Dame moved quickly and Buch was tied for the third time at half-time with Skauroneck, this time from 7 yards out, to make it 31-16.
Notre Dame: The Irish avoided a lethargy following the Tigers’ upset last week and continue to show that they can score points in bunches and have not recovered from losses. This puts him in great condition for the ACC title game and qualifies for the College Football Playoff.
Boston College: The Eagles had moments they could work on, like they did when Clemson was taken to the brink last month. But he was placed in the red zone to score field goals several times. This is something that should change if they want success under first-year coach Jeff Halfley.
The Irish were the only top five team this weekend and Pat are likely to stand out after a solid performance.
Notre Dame: Visits North Carolina on November 27.
Boston College: Hosts Louisville on November 27.
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