Clausen shines late for Notre Dame

Shinskie tosses three interceptions in final 17:56

Originally Published: October 24, 2009
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DON'T GUN IT TO GUNNELL: After throwing his lone TD of the game to WR Rich Gunnell at the end of the first half, Shinskie may have tried to force the ball to Gunnell in the second half. Shinskie targeted Gunnell 12 times in the second half, completing just five passes. On top of that, Gunnell was the targeted receiver on all three of Shinskie's interceptions.

IRISH HOLD DOWN HARRIS: One week removed from rushing for a school-record 264 yards and five TDs, Boston College RB Montel Harris was bottled up by the Notre Dame defense. It's a feat made more startling considering the Fighting Irish's run D was not exactly spectacular entering Saturday (136.5 rush yards per game; 63rd in nation). Harris, who entered as the second-leading rusher in the ACC with 108.0 rushing yards per game, rushed for just 38 yards on 22 carries, and was tackled for a loss six times.

CLAUSEN GETS IT RIGHT: Clausen's two passing TDs were the first of his career against Boston College. He also threw zero interceptions. In his previous two games against BC -- both losses -- Clausen had a combined six interceptions.

IRISH PLAYING TOO MANY CLOSE GAMES: These Notre Dame games really shouldn't be close. Over their past six games, the Irish have forced 12 turnovers, while committing just five. All six games have been decided by seven points or less.