Eagles Offense Starting Slow, Trail After First

October 24, 2009 - 12:40 pm

It is the bottom of the fourth inning in South Bend and the Fighting Irish baseball team leads the Eagles 3-2 . . . . Wait. No, this is a football game. Notre Dame opened the game with a 10 play, 53 yard field goal drive (Nick Tausch 37 yards) with Heisman hopeful Jimmy Clausen going 3-5 for 41 yards. Boston College came back with a safety when Jim Ramella chased Clausen in the end zone and Clausen threw the ball away. Clausen was outside of the tackle box but the ball did not reach the line of scrimmage thus leading to intentional grounding from the end zone resulting in the safety. Quarterback Dave Shinskie did not have a good opening to the game, going 2-9 in the first quarter. He has been erratic with balls sailing high, low and everywhere in between. Montel Harris is yet to break out with 5 carries for 9 yards. Overall it has been a better start to the game by the Eagles offense in comparison with their other road games with 77 yards thus far.  *Update - Harris fumbles a handoff from Shinskie early in the second quarter. Notre Dame recovers on the Fighting Irish 47 yard line.