Rapid reaction: Notre Dame defeats North Carolina behind huge performance from Kyren Williams
Notre Dame defeated North Carolina 44-34 on Saturday night as the Fighting Irish moved to 7-1 on the season.
Kyren Williams was arguably Notre Dame’s best player, rushing 22 times for 199 yards and 1 touchdown. That score was an important moment in the game — it was a 91-yard scamper that put the Fighting Irish up by double digits.
Jack Coan was also productive for Notre Dame. He completed 16-of-23 passes for 213 yards and 1 touchdown. Tyler Buchner also threw a touchdown pass.
On the other side, Sam Howell was excellent outside of one major mistake early in the fourth quarter. One play after Williams’ 91-yard TD, Howell threw an interception that allowed Notre Dame to extend its lead to 14 points.
Still, Howell completed 24-of-31 passes for 341 yards and 1 touchdown. He also led the Tar Heels in rushing with 102 yards and 1 touchdown on 17 carries.
Receiver Josh Downs continued his career season with 10 catches for 142 yards.
Notre Dame is now 7-1 on the season and is still in the mix for College Football Playoff consideration. The first committee rankings will be revealed on Tuesday night.
The Fighting Irish host Navy in Week 10.