#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-North Carolina

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Twitter can be a fun (or depressing) and brutally honest (or unreasonable) place during Notre Dame football games. That's why we open up this space for the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter after games.

During the game, readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and observations with the #NDInsider hashtag to be considered for our postgame fan recap. They joined us with their 140-character takes during the game.

From the start, we saw varying opinions on what the game plan should be for Notre Dame against North Carolina.

#NDinsider hope Kelly does not go run heavy to much we have to improve this passing scheme. Our WR need confidence

— Mac (@Goldendomer945) October 7, 2017

Recap of #NDFB vs UNC #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/7m9vctdS6P

— Jimmer (@IrishFootball81) October 7, 2017

The start of the game wasn't pretty for quarterback Ian Book and Notre Dame's offense in his debut as the starter. The first two drives ended quickly with punts. The third halted with a failed quarterback sneak by Book on fourth-and-2. But with the end of the quarter nearing, the Irish started to put together a lengthy drive which included a fourth-down conversion on a pass from Book to Alizé Mack.

False start, fumble and illegal substitution already on #NotreDame's first drive. #NDInsider

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) October 7, 2017

I hope the first drive isn’t any indication for how the rest of this game will go. Sheesh. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2017

When is the game going to start...because this can't be it #ndinsider#NDvsUNC

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) October 7, 2017

What an awful call on 4th and 2. #NDvsUNC#NDInsider

— Rockie Zeigler, CFP® (@anxiousadvisor) October 7, 2017

Offense just seems more dangerous with Ian Book. #NDInsider

— Carleton Butler (@carleton_butler) October 7, 2017

#NDInsider book lives on the edge. Can’t say I hate it.

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) October 7, 2017

if Book keeps throwing into double coverage like that he's going to get picked off real soon #ndinsider#NDvsUNC

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) October 7, 2017

More fans weighed in with their first impression of Book at the end of a scoreless first quarter. Book would throw his first touchdown pass, a six-yard completion to wide receiver Cam Smith, on the first play of the second quarter.

Kid can throw it #NDInsider

— Scott M (@irishwarrior8) October 7, 2017

He would be the starter at Michigan #ndinsider

— John Taylor (@ThisisCFBall) October 7, 2017

He should be QB1 #ndinsider

— Lippy Lenny (@LippyLenny) October 7, 2017

The future looks good! Hell, the present looks good!#ndinsider

— Ed Johnson (@hockeypimp17) October 7, 2017

Book can sling it. We saw this at the #BlueGold game. Solid first quarter if I’m honest. #NDInsider#NDvsUNC

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 7, 2017

The old Notre Dame offense seemed to return after finding the end zone. On the next drive, running back Josh Adams sprinted for a 73-yard touchdown. It was the sixth run of at least 59 yards for Adams this season.

BEAST!! YASSS JOSH ADAMS! #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2017

Adams can't be stopped! #NDInsider

— Bryce Keely (@BKeely429) October 7, 2017

Josh Adams, he gone. #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) October 7, 2017

ND can spring big plays against this D off tackle,need to stay out there,great patience by Adams to set up blocks on the stretch #NDInsiderhttps://t.co/tjEeiyc2bd

— Section 312 Sports (@sect312sports) October 7, 2017

If NFL teams aren’t paying attention to Josh Adams, they should be. @NDFootball#NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) October 7, 2017

When rain started to hit Kenan Stadium, it came with jokes and unpleasant flashbacks to Notre Dame's last football trip to the state of North Carolina.

Uh oh #NDPassingWeather#NDInsider

— yvonne (@_bonbonn_) October 7, 2017

@TJamesNDI still don’t know why we played during a hurricane at NC State last year. #NDInsider

— Josh (@jmc_926) October 7, 2017

Just before the half, Notre Dame added a safety thanks to some interesting decisions made by North Carolina as it operated out of its own end zone.

The Tar Heels chose to throw on first down from their own one-yard line. After an incomplete pass, North Carolina dialed up a run out of shotgun which ended with Jay Hayes tackling Jordon Brown in the end zone.

Here is my safety dance. #NDFB#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/gRTgTB308h

— Jude (@andrewwinn) October 7, 2017

UNC playcalling #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/j9Sj3BSBxQ

— Patrick (@mpatrick_24) October 7, 2017

One of the most accurate first-half recaps was fit into one tweet.

☑️Sloppy

☑️#NDTwitterattiRage Inducing

☑️Befuddling

✅STILL WINNING BY 12#GoIrish#BeatTarHeels#NDInsider

— Fr. Sorin's Ramblers (@golddomersdulac) October 7, 2017

Notre Dame gained clear control of the game in the third quarter. The Irish defense didn't allow any points and helped set up a 29-yard field goal by Justin Yoon with defensive end Julian Okwara's interception. Running back Deon McIntosh extended the lead to 26-7 with a 35-yard touchdown run.

#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/UjZyQ6Q0Sr

— ND1990 (@remos90_nd1990) October 7, 2017

#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/5AudXOv08e

— Travis Cromley (@AF_Cromley) October 7, 2017

Wake up! #TheEchoes#NDInsider#NDvsUNCpic.twitter.com/R4clb00RuA

— Mary Jane Daum (@MaryJaneDaum) October 7, 2017

*Played #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/gqD6aKVllN

— yvonne (@_bonbonn_) October 7, 2017

#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/X4Y5QSngOy

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2017

The Irish coasted in the the fourth quarter to finish with a 33-10 victory. The 10 points for North Carolina are the fewest the Notre Dame defense has allowed all season. No team has scored more than 20 points against ND through six games.

#NDInsider O-Line gets the game ball. Or maybe the D-Line? D played well, as usual, except still rocky at the corners.

— ND1990 (@remos90_nd1990) October 7, 2017

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider if ND doesn’t pay Elko whatever he wants, they’re morons.

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) October 7, 2017

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider Defense was solid as Book and offense adjusted...Adams broke yet another long run. Finished strong. Good Win

— Jimmy Varga (@JimmyVarga) October 8, 2017

Notre Dame fans look on during the Notre Dame-North Carolina NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN