Tarean Folston's follow-up to his breakout performance against Navy didn't amount to much.
The freshman running back carried just four times for 13 yards against Pitt a week after carrying 18 times for 140 yards and a touchdown against the Mids. Notre Dame's carrying breakdown against Pitt went as follows: Nine for Cam McDaniel (22 yards), six for George Aktinson (57 yards), four for Folston (13) yards, three for T.J. Jones (41 yards) and one for Amir Carlisle (six yards).
The running game plan seemed to scheme away from Pitt defensive lineman Aaron Donald, who entered the game leading FBS players with 19 1/2 tackles for a loss. That strategy worked in terms of muting Donald's direct impact — Donald only had one tackle, and it wasn't for a loss.
After the game, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly reiterated what he's said all year — that the distribution of carries for his running backs remains fluid.
"It changes from week to week relative to how the game is going and what's available to us," Kelly said. "There were a couple times where we felt like George gave us a better opportunity in there for the kind of runs we were trying to get the ball on the perimeter. And George is the guy we like when the game is a perimeter game, it fits George's skill set. That's why you saw him in the game a little bit more."