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Irish Insights


Irish hold off Eagles

Notre Dame's 16-14 victory over Boston College was cut closer than expected and was heartbreaking Saturday.

The No. 24 Irish (8-3) struggled offensively after scoring on their opening drive, and the Eagles (3-8) made it interesting with a TD with 1:57 to play.

Notre Dame's Robby Toma came down with the onside kick at BC's 48, but the Irish had to punt the ball back to the Eagles, giving Boston College the ball at its 20 with 8 seconds to play.

But Boston College couldn't do anything with its last possession as Notre Dame hung on for the win.

The Senior Day victory saw the untimely exited of running back Jonas Gray in the third quarter. The senior, who had only 75 carries and 309 rushing yards entering this season, suffered a right knee injury and was helped back to the locker room.

Gray, who scored the game's first TD on a 26-yard run, had 11 carries for 61 yards and 15 catches for 15 yards before leaving Saturday.

Cierre Wood, who was the only running back the Irish used after losing Gray, surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season. The junior ran for 94 yards to reach 1,001.