#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-N.C. State

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.

Notre Dame-N.C. State appeared to be a defensive battle early. The first three drives of the games didn't include a first down. Then N.C. State struck first by blocking Tyler Newsome's punt and recovering the football in the end zone for an early 7-0 lead.

#NDInsider the D looks fantastic. Again

— Rockie Zeigler CFP® (@anxiousadvisor) October 28, 2017

Definitely not the first two drives we were expecting. Ugly. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 28, 2017

Every o-lineman is losing, immediately. Looks a lot like Georgia so far. #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) October 28, 2017

Notre Dame's offense found its footing immediately after the special teams gaffe. Running back Josh Adams ripped off a 35-yard run and tight end Durham Smythe caught a 25-yard touchdown from quarterback Brandon Wimbush.

Enormous answer by the Irish. Fantastic. #NDInsider

— Matt Lozar (@matt_lozar) October 28, 2017

The first quarter ended in a 7-7 tie. Then two plays into the second quarter, N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley found wide receiver Kelvin Harmon for a 15-yard touchdown.

#ndinsider the crazies who needed Prozac after every time the opponent makes a play.

— Chris Kosiak (@C_K_42) October 28, 2017

#ndinsider our dbs can’t locate a ball when thrown.

— cp (@cdpulse1) October 28, 2017

Notre Dame's offense responded to an N.C. State touchdown with a touchdown drive of its own. Wimbush tied the game with a three-yard touchdown run to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive.

The Irish took their first lead of the game on their next offensive possession. The series finished with a pair of 11-yard catches from Smythe and wide receiver Kevin Stepherson that both required some fancy footwork on the sidelines. 

What a CATCH! #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/saEI8ZPSCF

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 28, 2017

ND's toes are the real MVP #NDInsider

— yvonne (@_bonbonn_) October 28, 2017

Notre Dame took a 21-14 lead into halftime. The Irish emerged from a shaky start to put themselves in a much more comfortable position.

#NDInsider I'd like to see more man coverage while bringing more guys in pass rush. Zone D has played into Finley's strengths as a passer.

— Tommy Baldwin (@T_Baldwin53) October 28, 2017

ND up 21-14 on the 2nd best team they will face this year. Tough to be upset but I’m sure some people will. #ndinsider

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) October 28, 2017

O-line will wear them down. Lot of rushing production in 2nd half. #NDInsider

— Mike (@KyNDfan) October 28, 2017

The defense extended the lead for Notre Dame on the first drive of the second half with cornerback Julian Love intercepting a Finley pass and returning it 69 yards for a touchdown.

Then, the weekly Josh Adams romp commenced. He sprinted for a 77-yard touchdown on his way to a 202-yard day against the No. 6 rushing defense in the country. He lived up to they hype for the recently created "33 Trucking" Heisman campaign. 

#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#33Trucking#NDInsider

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— ND Club of Miami (@NDMiami) October 28, 2017

Saquon's got nothing on #AdamsTrucking#NCSTvsND#GoIRISH#NDInsider

— Steven Boyer (@stevenjboyer) October 28, 2017

Funny how people expected NC State to contain our rush O. Instead theyre latest victim of #33Trucking#NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) October 28, 2017

Josh Adams. The man, the myth, the legend. #Heisman#33Trucking#NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 28, 2017

TD Irish! "Long drives. Reliably delivered" #33Trucking#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/1SgQhnYzlB

— yvonne (@_bonbonn_) October 28, 2017

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— Patrick (@mpatrick_24) October 28, 2017

Josh Adams is untouchable!#NDInsider#33Truckingpic.twitter.com/uiWgPlpIQm

— Tony Negri (@tonynegri88) October 28, 2017

#NDInsider#33Truckingpic.twitter.com/zbey0JKu3L

— Patrick Cortesi (@patio44) October 28, 2017

#NDInsider#33Truckingpic.twitter.com/yal3vSNtzZ

— ⚓King Of The North⚓️ (@Uptown_Crowned) October 29, 2017

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider#33Trucking “That moment you realize #NotreDame has a real, power run game AND it’s #1 back is a #Heisman candidate” pic.twitter.com/V3wzEg8YQQ

— Marc Yoder (@MarcYoder1) October 29, 2017

#NDInsider#33Truckingpic.twitter.com/1A3ctTp0Nu

— Douglas McAnally (@d_mcanally) October 29, 2017

#33trucking#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/Rizm9Xh98M

— Dan Gingrich (@dangingrich) October 29, 2017

Notre Dame ran out the clock on a 35-14 victory. The Irish defense held a team averaging 35 points per game to just one offensive touchdown. And Notre Dame's offense finished with 318 rushing yards.

Irish Dominant again. Calendar turns to November and the Irish have a legit shot. Keep it rolling! #NDInsider

— Matt Lozar (@matt_lozar) October 28, 2017

This team is just too good. IRISH ON TOP! #NDInsider#GoIrish

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 28, 2017

Biggest concern is that Playoff Committee not gonna give @NDFootball the credit it should. This team is strong. #NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) October 28, 2017

I don't necessarily want Bama, but if someone gave them to me I wouldn't say no #NDInsider

— yvonne (@_bonbonn_) October 28, 2017

Notre Dame’s Te'von Coney (4) high fives fans following the 35-14 win over NC State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN