#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Wake Forest


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.

A dreary day in South Bend set the stage for Wake Forest visiting Notre Dame. Before the game started, the referee had to ask the Notre Dame Stadium crew to correctly set the game clock multiple times.

The ND flag waves, the Wake Forest flag is trucked.

— John Horlander (@DrJIrish91) November 4, 2017

feeling the weight of this #3 ranking and hoping this isn't a trap game...hope our fellas block out the noise #GoIrish#ndinsider

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) November 4, 2017

That visitor's tunnel at ND is such an alpha move Lol I can't wait for a Team-stuck-in-Tunnel game delay

— yvonne (@_bonbonn_) November 4, 2017

Hopefully Irish come out sharper than the clock operator #NDInsider

— The AllFather (@DucktalesDave) November 4, 2017

For the second week in a row, Notre Dame fell behind to start the game. Wake Forest kicked a 34-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. But the Irish quickly responded with a Brandon Wimbush touchdown run to move in front for a 7-3 lead through one quarter.

Poor preparation and low energy on defense.

Happy Wimbush seems to be ready to keep them honest #ndinsider

— Grant Gholson (@grantgholson) November 4, 2017

Wake is tough early #NDinsider

— Sir-gee-oh (@srgmtz100) November 4, 2017

People need to remember wake is 5-3 and not a cupcake. #NDInsider

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) November 4, 2017

After Justin Yoon kicked a 34-yard field goal to push the Irish lead to 10-3, cornerback Julian Love intercepted his third pass of the season. Love would later set a new school record for pass breakups in a season with 14.

LET'S GO JULIAN!!!! he broke on that ball perfectly #GoIrish#ndinsider

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) November 4, 2017

Continued to be impressed by the individual & group improvements on defense. #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) November 4, 2017

@TJamesNDI Julian Love is ridiculous #NDInsider

— Josh (@jmc_926) November 4, 2017

Wimbush added a 50-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give Notre Dame a 24-10 lead. As he headed to the sideline, he did a heel click for DeShone Kizer, the preferred celebration for the former Irish quarterback in attendance.

Nice @DKizer_14 heel kick from Wimbush after that score. #NDInsider

— Andrew Barlow (@barlandrew) November 4, 2017

Wimbush with a beaaaautiful run. Love it. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) November 4, 2017

Ian Book had to replace a banged up Wimbush in the final minute of the first half. Book delivered a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nic Weishar building Notre Dame's lead to 31-10 at halftime.

#NDInsider Making a difference w guys other than typical stars. Good for impressing committee and rankings. RB position has a STABLE of RBs

— The Buzzer Beater (@AlwaysShootThe3) November 4, 2017

Josh Adams for Heisman. OL for Heisman. Julian Love for Heisman. Tevon Coney for Heisman #NDInsider

— Josh (@jmc_926) November 4, 2017

#NDInsider I had a thought that Wake might try to gum up the game and slow it to a crawl. They tried. But that’s totally out the window.

— Carleton Butler (@carleton_butler) November 4, 2017

#NDInsider not bad but can still play better. To many missed open receivers hope Adams can come back #33Trucking need a good 2nd from oline

— mike walker (@mjwalker1200) November 4, 2017

Despite the lead, much of the attention at halftime was on the status of Josh Adams and Wimbush. Both left the game in the first half with their specific injuries — and the severity — unclear.

It's the season, Tyler. Concern is high. I'm a racecar in the red. #ndinsider

— Roger Brooks (@ReadRoger) November 4, 2017

Please be OK, BW #NDinsider

— $7WorthofHoobastank (@busterbivin) November 4, 2017

Stats and Heisman considerations side, I hope they both sit out the second half to rest up for Miami. #NDInsider

— Andrew Barlow (@barlandrew) November 4, 2017

Whatever the highest level of panic there is. Infinitypanic? #NDInsider

— Jeff (@jeffNDfan) November 4, 2017

All precaution. ND has this game. Big game w Miami looming. Run game is good today and Book is more than capable. #NDInsider

— cp (@cdpulse1) November 4, 2017

Wimbush has been amazing but has taken big hits on runs, should have gone down after he got loose and we could have burned clock #NDInsider

— The Sad Girl (@buzz_liteyear) November 4, 2017

— The AllFather (@DucktalesDave) November 4, 2017

Wimbush needs to S-L-I-D-E...#NotreDame#NDInsider

— Kevin Kulesia (@KKulesia) November 4, 2017

Wimbush returned in the third quarter, but Adams did not. Even with Wimbush in the lineup, his wide receivers let him down with a few dropped passes. Meanwhile, the Wake Forest offense started moving the ball repeatedly against the Irish defense.

Our receivers can't receive #NDInsider

— The AllFather (@DucktalesDave) November 4, 2017

Receiving group is having a bad game enough game that I’m getting concerned for future games. #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) November 4, 2017

A little disappointed in the defense today #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) November 4, 2017

NO WAY should be giving up 23pts to Wake Forest; Tranquil not having his prototypical game #NDInsider#GoIrish

— Justin (@JB4Irish) November 4, 2017

Wide receiver Chase Claypool took the spotlight as Notre Dame's standout skill position player on offense. His 34-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was part of an nine-catch, 180-yard day. As a result, we gave Claypool the GIF treatment.

— Drizzy Drake ✝️ (@drakedavidson12) November 4, 2017

— NDPoot (@PootND) November 4, 2017

— First Down Moses (@1stDownMoses) November 4, 2017

— Paul Brutoco (@paulseverio) November 4, 2017

— KMart (@LoveMIIrish) November 4, 2017

No GIFs, but @1stDownMoses nailed it with the line of the day: bringing his "eh" game today! #NDInsider

— Shannon Fay Kamenick (@IrishShanRocks) November 4, 2017

The outcome was never really in doubt late in the game, but Wake Forest continued to put up points in the final minutes. Notre Dame held on to a 48-37 margin in a necessary, but sloppy, victory.

#NDInsider brutal game for the defense. Hopefully just an Elko / former employee anomaly

— AJG (@AJ_Gelson) November 4, 2017

People overreacting to score - Irish won again - entrenched in top 4 #NDInsider#GoIrish

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) November 4, 2017

I'm afraid @NDFootball may drop to #5, slipping behind Clemson and Oklahoma #NDInsider

— Steven Boyer (@stevenjboyer) November 4, 2017

Understand that it's tough to get up for every game but that wasn't a playoff defense today. It looked Van Gorder-esque. #NDInsider

— Joe Dunn (@joedunndc) November 4, 2017

Not too worried. Can’t win every game by 20 points - they controlled the game #NDInsider

— Brian Sullivan (@dad_outside) November 4, 2017

Mike Elko clearly did his buddy a solid by letting Wake's offense score just enough to feel good about themselves without threatening the win. Confidence growing #NDInsider

— Andrew Barlow (@barlandrew) November 4, 2017

ND defense looked lethargic to say the least-sloppy tackling. #NDInsider

— Jordan Boyer (@theBoyer85) November 5, 2017

Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool (83) celebrates a touchdown during the Notre Dame-Wake Forest NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN