#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Vanderbilt


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 following 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 280-character takes during the game.

Notre Dame hosted the Vanderbilt Commodores for the first time since 1995.

It's game day. No matter how much you loved the songs "Ladies Night" or "Celebration" the Commodores are the enemy today.

— ND Club of Austin (@NDclubofAustin) September 15, 2018

Notre Dame started its third consecutive game with a good first possession. But the Irish couldn't turn it into a touchdown. For the first time all season, quarterback Ian Book appeared for a play without handing off for a touchdown. His previous three plays against Ball State and Michigan resulted in touchdowns.

Brandon Wimbush would eventually score the team's first touchdown on a 12-yard run to cap a 94-yard drive in the final minute of the first quarter. The Irish led 10-0.

#NDInsider why do we keep bringing in book in the red zone?

It's beyond pointless

— GoldenDomer945 (@domer945) September 15, 2018

Why Book at the goal line? #NDInsider

— ☘ (@ndfbHQ) September 15, 2018

hey brian... I think teams now have a pretty good idea of what play is going to be called when you put ian in once we're in the red zone...just thought you'd like to know #NDInsider#vandyvsnd

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) September 15, 2018

I would like to see a pass out of that formation. Keep them honest. #NDInsider

— Adam Parslow (@Irishfan1842) September 15, 2018

#NDinsider I'm all about scheme but it's time to tear up the book ten yard line play!

— GoldenDomer945 (@domer945) September 15, 2018

#NDInsider perhaps the dumbest strategy ever is putting in a different quarterback to only hand off in goal line situations. And people wonder why Notre Dame fans lose their minds every Saturday

— AJG (@AJ_Gelson) September 15, 2018

So far Vandy can't run. Gotta lock down the pass. #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) September 15, 2018

I love 95 yard TD drives! #GoIrish#NDInsider

— Blue&Gold (@GoldenDomeMay) September 15, 2018

The 10-0 first quarter lead wasn't quite enough to satisfy some Notre Dame fans.

Great first quarter @NDFootball but u gotta do more than that to get me back on the coaster. #NDInsider#recoveringndfan

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) September 15, 2018

Wimbush allowed to run #NDInsider

— Marty Galindo (@MartyGalindo1) September 15, 2018

Winning the one-on-one battles. Vandy has some speed and ND is matching it. #NDInsider

— MarkyD (@uDontEvenKnoMe) September 15, 2018

#NDInsider does chip long completely forget how to call a game after 2 drives? Embrace debate

— AJG (@AJ_Gelson) September 15, 2018

Red zone struggles. Defense has played well, but one score and Vandy is back in it. Offense has had chances to put them away. #NDInsider

— Robert Rogers (@RobRogers_926) September 15, 2018

#NDInsider I got to say, Tony Jones Jr. explosive runs. Truly encouraging to see him taking on multiple tacklers

— Jason Pruitt (@Jason_Pruitt_) September 15, 2018

The second quarter brought much of the same for Notre Dame: good defense and Justin Yoon field goals. Safety Alohi Gilman prevented Vanderbilt from scoring with a strip near the goal line. After a mad scramble, cornerback Julian Love recovered the football in the end zone for a touchback.

Yoon's two field goals put the Irish up 16-0 with 1:15 left in the second quarter, but they also represented a pair of stalled drives for the offense.

Safety and DBs forcing turnovers! Love it, love thee. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 15, 2018

Well that was crazy! #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) September 15, 2018

Justin Yoon doing his best Reggie Ho impression . #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 15, 2018

3 is nice. 7 would be better. #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) September 15, 2018

Vanderbilt moved the ball quickly in the final minute to add its first points on 21-yard field goal as time expired in the half. Notre Dame led 16-3.

What is wrong with this offense????? ‍♂️ ‍♂️ ‍♂️ ‍♂️ ‍♂️ #NDInsider

— imatigerfan (@bdubwatersgolf) September 15, 2018

Not clear on why Ian Book keeps shuttling in and out. Either give him a drive or don’t. #NDInsider

— Ben Finan (@benfro6) September 15, 2018

Tempo, tempo, tempo. #NDInsider

— CCND99 (@EyesonND) September 15, 2018

I want ian to get some time!!!!! #NDInsider

— imatigerfan (@bdubwatersgolf) September 15, 2018

— Jude (@andrewwinn) September 15, 2018

D started strong, faded in those two drives. Offense is giving you what it is with Wimbush at QB: mediocre. #NDInsider

— One Jay (@OneJay212) September 15, 2018

16 points? Seriously? 16 points?#NDInsider#NotreDame#notredame

— Ed Johnson (@hockeypimp17) September 15, 2018

#NDInsider ND’s passing attack has become a choice of side-to-side dump offs or out-of-bounds jump balls.

— Jim MacDonald (@_jimmacdonald) September 15, 2018

The third quarter became a battle of the defenses with neither team scoring until Vanderbilt's Ke'Shawn Vaughn cut Notre Dame's lead to 16-10 with 11 second left in the third quarter. Any hopes of the Irish running away in a blowout were dashed.

Shurmer and the passing O are just slicing the ND defense up#NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) September 15, 2018

The ND WRs are not getting any separation; which doesn’t bode well for the passing game #NDInsider

— Justin (@JB4Irish) September 15, 2018

I can see it in 2nd down, but use Wimbush as a runner when you only need 3... playcalling has not been good. #NDInsider

— Scott McC (@snmccleary) September 15, 2018

Why do we continuously play down to every team? #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) September 15, 2018

Here's your weekly reminder that Brian Kelly and Wimbush are ️ #Irish#NDInsider

— Patrick Darlington (@PatDarlington) September 15, 2018

The goal-line package for Book put Notre Dame back on the board early in the fourth quarter. Instead of a handoff, Book found tight end Nic Weishar for a two-yard touchdown pass following a playaction fake.

Vanderbilt responded to Notre Dame's 22-10 lead by cutting the margin to one score on the ensuing drive. Tight end Jared Pinkney hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Shurmur. 

Should be 27-16. @TJamesNDI@EHansenNDI mean while BSU getting wacked by IU 38-10. #NDInsider

— Dave Hodges (@Big_DHodges) September 15, 2018

Not sure why ND can't get going after halftime. #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) September 15, 2018

@NDFootball ranked 8 is a total joke. Do any of the voters actually watch the games. Their defense looks porous and their offense average at best against lesser competition. #NDInsider

— Timothy Campbell (@campbelldadof5) September 15, 2018

Ball game. We can stop crap and the offense is about as tough as a pee wee football team. #NDInsider

— Travis Cromley (@AF_Cromley) September 15, 2018

What a bad second half for the Irish. BK lucky to get away with a less than stellar performance for the second straight week #NDInsider

— bsaran (@bpsaran) September 15, 2018

Notre Dame escaped with a victory when wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb couldn't hold onto what would have been an amazing leaping catch on fourth down. The Irish won for the third straight week to start the season, but each victory has been a nail-biter.

With the first road trip coming Saturday to Wake Forest and a matchup with Stanford a week later, Notre Dame fans are anything but comfortable.

#NDInsider the worst 3-0 team in college football lol

— Jeremy Waters (@TheJWaTTss) September 15, 2018


— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 15, 2018

Irish struggle against the Commodores, in a game that wasn’t very...................Easy #NDInsider

— tricerapops (@tricerapops) September 15, 2018

#NDInsider Book helps lead ND to the victory as Vanderbilt comes up short of victory

— Cecelia Metz (@missymetz) September 15, 2018

Is Tyler Newsome the best player on the entire team? #OnlyPartlyKidding#NDInsider

— Kevin (@kneary22) September 15, 2018

sloppy sloppy sloppy. definitely do not look like a Top 10 team. a lot needs to be improved because with the way we play, Wake won't be easy and then Stanford and VT after. Lots of improvement needed #NDInsider

— Wes Adams (@wesadams05) September 15, 2018

Never in doubt

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) September 15, 2018

Stanford is going to beat Notre Dame by 50 points in two weeks. The offensive line could not block my 8 and 10 year old daughters! #NDInsider

— Tim Lory (@tim_lory) September 15, 2018

Play calling has got to improve. Long has been a problem since day 1. He goes away from what works every game. Rees is also to blame for not developing our qbs! #NDInsider

— Chris Rassi (@c_rassi) September 15, 2018

#ndinsider obvious that Wimbush was told not to run vs ball. Bk just can’t stand to be patient and run ball. He insists on passing. Wimbush is great in red zone so they put in book for some reason.

— CJ M (@deuce_222) September 15, 2018

Missed opportunities in first half, lack of adjustments in second half. A lot of work to do before Stanford. #NDInsider

— bsaran (@bpsaran) September 15, 2018

Play like a mediocre overrated Top Ten team again. Would trade Wimbush for Shurmur in a New York Giants minute. #NDInsider

— John Quinn (@johnquinn83) September 15, 2018

3-0 is 3-0.

The slow 2nd half is going to hurt them eventually #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) September 15, 2018

Notre Dame has no offensive identity. It feels like if something is working in a game, they stop doing it. #NDInsider

— Nik Adams (@nikadams22) September 15, 2018

another week where we won but I feel like we lost smh...I'm still trying to figure out how and when we earned that #8 by our name #NDInsider#VUvsND

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) September 15, 2018

#ndinsider When did we become the LSU of the north? Great D and terrible O. 17 points given up should be enough not to be in a nailbiter.

— Justin (@therealputnam) September 15, 2018

Tyler why didn’t we run up the middle to set up final FG because we were not trying to get the first down. Yoon’s shanked chip shot almost cost us game, oh and Wimbush being the QB. When he falls to last in QBR for all FBS maybe Book can get some reps???? #NDInsider@NDFootball

— Jon lunardini (@PrimeTimePuma) September 15, 2018

Good lord. This team is unprepared to be for four quarters. They’ve looked worse each week. These are kids with talent. They need coaching. 3-0 = luck of the Irish!! #NDInsider

— One Jay (@OneJay212) September 15, 2018

Play calling is horrible! Do we not have a more diverse offense? Crossing routes? Posts? Flag patterns? Slants? It’s wimbush chucking it down field up for grabs usually! #ndinsider

— Alexandro Galarza (@alex1tke) September 15, 2018

#NDInsider if I'm the coach, which I'm not, I go with Book from now on. I know what I get with him and can plan around him. I'm no longer willing to sacrifice my team for three explosive plays per game by wimbush. I really wanted wimbush to be good. He's not.

— Eric Guenette (@irish557) September 15, 2018

Just seems like the offensive play calling isn’t coherent in the 2nd & 3rd Qs. They seem to experiment when things are going well. Still love the fight & grit of this team☘️☘️ #NDInsider ps Auburn just went down & we held up! GO IRISH!!!☘️☘️☘️

— Judith Shuller (@CS24Saints) September 15, 2018

Close game not on Brandon Wimbush #ndinsider 3-0 better than Wisconsin and Auburn

— Clark W. Grizmen (@mh2212) September 15, 2018

#ndinsider, why can’t we cover the TE’s

— Frank Serra (@FrankSerra3) September 15, 2018

I’m not angry. This team has shown us who it is over 3 games. This program has shown us who it is over the last 9 years. If you are still mad you’re not paying attention .

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) September 16, 2018

A Notre Dame fan tries to keep cool during the Notre Dame-Vanderbilt game.