Notre Dame vs. Miami LIVE SCORE UPDATES and STATS (11/11/17)
Quarterback Brandon Wimbush of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will lead his team against Miami on Saturday.
The 3rd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-1) meet the 7th-ranked Miami Hurricanes (8-0) in an AP Top 25 NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 11, 2017 (11/11/17) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Notre Dame vs. Miami
When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
Line: Notre Dame -1.5
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has seen quarterbacks like Malik Rosier of No. 7 Miami before.
He sees one every day at practice in his signal-caller, Brandon Wimbush.
“Rosier is a gritty kid, he finds way to make plays,” Kelly said of the 6-foot-1, 216-pounder. “He’s a lot like Brandon when you look at him.”
Wimbush is a little taller and a little heavier than Rosier, but there are a lot of similarities. The juniors are first-year starters, and their abilities to run, throw and make good decisions are big reasons why Saturday night’s showdown between the third-ranked Fighting Irish (8-1, No. 3 CFP) and the unbeaten Hurricanes (8-0, No. 7 CFP) has added spark, as if the rivalry needed anything more combustible.
Miami receiver Braxton Berrios said Rosier’s poise has rubbed off on the rest of the offense — and was steeled by the Hurricanes needing to pull out four straight close wins before getting past Virginia Tech relatively comfortably this past weekend. Rosier completed 11 of 22 passes for 202 yards, overcoming three interceptions, and rushed for 84 yards while accounting for three scores (two passing, one rushing) in the 28-10 victory.
“I think he gained all that from those big moments that we had earlier in the year,” Berrios said. “At Florida State, the last two drives we had, we executed and that builds confidence, that builds a culture of finding a way to win.”
Rosier isn’t just doing it with his arm.
Miami has never been known for having the most mobile quarterbacks — the great ones have usually been the pro-style, pocket-presence types — but Rosier is a weapon as a ball carrier as well. He has three rushing touchdowns, the first Miami quarterback with that many since 2007, and has a penchant for turning near-sacks into positive yardage.
“It is actually something new you see with Miami,” Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said.
Foster isn’t the only coach who’s faced Rosier this season who is giving the Miami quarterback high marks.
“I think he’s done a great job,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Kept great composure, very accurate, athletic, gets the ball out of his hand. … He’s done a tremendous job and playing very well.”
Rosier will see a mirror image of himself across the field on Saturday.
Wimbush has rushed for 639 yards and 13 touchdowns, the most in a season by any Notre Dame quarterback. He has thrown for 1,286 yards and 11 touchdowns with just two interceptions, the last coming against Boston College in the third week of the season. Last week, he threw for a career-high 280 yards, surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth time with 110 and accounted for three touchdowns (one passing, two rushing) in a 48-37 victory over Wake Forest despite suffering bruised left hand in the first half.