Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman met with reporters shortly after Notre Dame’s 44-21 win over UNLV on Saturday afternoon.

It was a good performance from the Irish in a must-win game after last week’s debacle vs. Stanford. It was also a necessary performance for a team that is trying to stay on pace to reach a bowl game.

Freeman acknowledged Notre Dame’s shortcomings in the past, but said the Irish are a “good football team.”

“We are a good football team that doesn’t always play that way,” Freeman said.

The Fighting Irish didn’t play a perfect game. Drew Pyne’s numbers are largely underwhelming and Notre Dame’s defense allowed 3 touchdowns.

But, as Freeman noted, the Irish will be ultimately be evaluated based on wins and losses.

“At the end of the day, you’re evaluated on the result,” Freeman said. “Did you win or did you lose? We needed this today.”

As for Pyne, he finished the game with 205 passing yards on 28 attempts. He threw for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception as well. Pyne also rushed for 30 yards on 3 carries.

In the second quarter, Pyne had to briefly exit the game to be evaluated for a concussion. Freeman told reporters after the game that Pyne was cleared to return by doctors.

“He went to the doctors,” Freeman said. “The doctors pulled him out to make sure they evaluate him. And then after that series, a couple plays, they said he was ready.”

“He wanted to keep going but the doctors said ‘you’re out.’ So they did the evaluation and then they gave him the thumbs up to go back in the game.”

As for the rest of the running game, it was Logan Diggs’ day at the top of the rotation. He had 28 carries while Chris Tyree and Audric Estime totaled 10 attempts. Diggs made the most of his work, gaining 130 yards on the day.

Estime’s reduction in workload seems to be related to his fumbling issues. He has fumbled in back-to-back games, including a crucial cough-up against Stanford in the second half last week.

Freeman said the decision was made by offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and running backs coach Deland McCullough.

Notre Dame faces Syracuse on the road in Week 9.