Irish defense locks down after streak ends


Irish defense locks down after streak ends

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Midway through the second quarter, BYU did something no team had done in well over a month: score a touchdown on Notre Dame's defense.

Riley Nelson found a wide-open Cody Hoffman in the Notre Dame end zone with 8:25 remaining in the second quarter, snapping Notre Dame's streak of not allowing a touchdown at 17 quarters (plus an overtime period).

After a Tommy Rees pass went through the hands and off the facemask of DaVaris Daniels for an interception, BYU marched 30 yards and scored again, this with with 6:07 remaining in the half. From afar, the turnaround compared to a pitcher losing a perfect game and crumbling soon thereafter, but coach Brian Kelly didn't see any sort of mental breakdown in his team's defense.

"I went over to the sideline sand there wasn't one guy pointing a finger," Kelly said. "It was about, let's just communicate out here. They felt like they let some plays outside the defense -- I know a couple of times they felt like they should have been there. And then I think (defensive coordinator Bob Diaco) made a couple of nice adjustments on their quick screens and we started to roll the coverage a little bit.

"They knew we were going to make a couple of adjustments and they needed to clean up a couple things. I went over there twice and really felt a good energy with the defense."

The response from Notre Dame's defense was to lock down in the second half. After allowing BYU to gain 200 yards in the first half, the Cougars gained just 43 in the final 30 minutes of the game, allowing Notre Dame's offense to score 10 points to take the lead back and win.

"I hope a lot of people out there realize that we're not going to give up," defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who had 1.5 sacks in the game, said. "We had an opportunity to give up in the first half, be like this team scored on us, first team to score on us. We could've gave up, but we didn't."

Tuitt admitted Notre Dame's defense came out sluggish, and eventually BYU took advantage of that. But Kapron Lewis-Moore said he didn't see anyone panic, and eventually the resiliency of Notre Dame's defense -- led by Manti Te'o -- materialized.

"It just shows the kind of character we have, not only on defense but as a team," Te'o said. "Coach Diaco really came in and helped us to settle. We just had to settle and play our brand of football."

That brand of football is one that's led Notre Dame's defense close to the top of the defensive heap at the FBS level. Entering Saturday, the Irish had the second-best scoring defense in the nation, only behind the all-world D residing in Tuscaloosa.

"It goes back to the saying, defense wins championships," Te'o explained. "I think our defense, we want to do whatever it takes to win and those 14 points upset us a lot. So I think it just goes to show how far our defense has come."

What life was like the last time the Cubs hosted a World Series game at Wrigley Field

What life was like the last time the Cubs hosted a World Series game at Wrigley Field

25,950 days ago.

That's how long it's been since Wrigley Field last saw a World Series game played in front of the ivy.

Sure, 71 years is a long time, but when you break it down by days, it seems even more daunting.

For starters, take a glance at a snapshot of what Wrigley - and the world - looked like on the day of the last World Series game on Chicago's North side:

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Obviously, that was well before Wrigley got lights (1988).

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Here's some more perspective on how stunningly different life was back in 1945:

—The average cost of a new house was $4,600.

—The average salary was $2,400 per year per person.

—Gas cost 15 cents a gallon.

—New cars were just over $1,000.

—Life expectancy was 65.9 years (life expectancy in America is 79.3 years in 2016).

—Population of the U.S. was just shy of 140 million (In 2016, America's population is more than 324 million).

—Major League Baseball had only 16 teams, including zero teams west of St. Louis.

—The Giants had yet to move to San Francisco and were still in New York. The Dodgers had yet to move to Los Angeles and still made their home in Brooklyn.

—Washington had a baseball team, but they were called the Senators, not the Nationals.

—St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia each had two baseball teams, including the St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves and Philadelphia Athletics.

—Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser won American League MVP honors while Cubs first baseman Phil Cavarretta took home the NL MVP with only six homers, though he did hit .355 with a .949 OPS.

—The first Super Bowl was still 22 years away from being played.

Among world events, 1945 was also when Adolf Hitler died, Germany surrendered in World War II and the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan.

America was also getting used to Harry S. Truman as president after Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office in April 1945.

Of course, if we go as far back as the last time the Cubs won the World Series, life would be quite a bit different even in the 37 years between 1908 and 1945.

Watch: Dwyane Wade's boyish exuberance comes out after his first win with hometown Bulls

Watch: Dwyane Wade's boyish exuberance comes out after his first win with hometown Bulls

NBA superstar Dwyane Wade showed just how happy he was to capture his first regular season win for this hometown Bulls as he walked to the locker room on Thursday night.

Wade was unable to contain his excitement as he left the court, blurting out the following.

"Thats the way to do it. That's a homecoming right there. I like that one."

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Wade finished his Bulls debut with 22 points, including hitting four three-pointers, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.

All capped off by a postgame hug with mom too.

Now that's one heck of a homecoming right there.