Quick hitters and other early observations that surfaced in No. 5 Notre Dame opener

Early thoughts and observations by NDI columnist Tom Noie following Saturday’s game between No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 2 Ohio State, won by the Buckeyes, 21-10, in front of 106,594 at Ohio Stadium. 

There’s another game coming for Notre Dame, right? Season didn’t end with this one? 

Down one score on the road in the fourth quarter? Notre Dame was right there, but just had to make a play or two when a play or two needed to be made.

 No offensive pass interference that kills a drive. No empty plays. This one was right there for the taking. The Irish didn’t take it. 

∎ Too quiet a night for Irish defensive end Isaiah Foskey. Rylie Mills too,

∎ Jon Sot. Big leg. Bigger night for the graduate transfer Irish punter.

There may have been over 100,000 in the seats on Saturday, but a road venue? Meh. Ohio Stadium is a church compared to say, Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia on a Saturday night.