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‘They’re Ball-Swarmers;’ Inside Notre Dame’s Dominant Run Defense Numbers

In Notre Dame’s meetings with Louisville, Clemson and North Carolina this year, Irish quarterback Ian Book has two fewer combined yards than the star running backs from those three teams – including sacks.

Javian Hawkins (Louisville), Travis Etienne (Clemson), Javonte Williams and Michael Carter (North Carolina) combined for 52 carries and 164 yards against Notre Dame’s defense (3.15 yards per rush). Book, in those games, had 162 yards on 34 carries (4.76 yards per rush). Take out sacks, and he’s up to 206 yards at 7.9 per attempt.

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