#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Wake Forest

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 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.

The promotion of Ian Book to starting quarterback against Wake Forest made Saturday's game exponentially more interesting. Would Book bring a spark to Notre Dame's offense or would there be the same growing pains that Brandon Wimbush has gone through?

The opinions pregame varied.

Which one of these describes your emotions if Ian Book starts at quarterback today for #NotreDame? #NDInsider

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) September 22, 2018

As always, we'll start with score predictions. I'm knocking seven points off my prediction from "Pod of Gold" because of the QB situation. I'll take #NotreDame 31, Wake Forest 21. What say you? Send it in with the #NDInsider hashtag.

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) September 22, 2018

I like ND 38 -27 #NDInsider

— Tax (@taxbastard) September 22, 2018

42-17 Irish #NDInsider

— yrag (@Dblgg5) September 22, 2018

Think this will backfire badly and we’ll lose 27-21. Would’ve taken ND by a similar score without the change. #NDInsider

— DM37 (@dmacgreg37) September 22, 2018

Remember Wimbush running much vs Michigan... you’ll get that vs Stanford and VTech .. rest up Big Boy #NDInsider ☘️

— Anthony Adamo (@anthonymadamo) September 22, 2018

31-20 wake forest #NDInsider

— Dave Hodges (@Big_DHodges) September 22, 2018

37-17 Irish... #NDInsider

— Go Irish! (@ND_AUSTIN) September 22, 2018

For the first time all season, Notre Dame's first offensive series didn't end in points. When the second drive ended in a turnover on downs, Irish fans started to get a little uncomfortable.

#NDFB#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/IoSFELHKX2

— Jude (@andrewwinn) September 22, 2018

Look at the bright side #Irish fans......no Doug Flutie today! #GlassHalfFull#NotreDame#GoIrish#NDvsWake#NDInsider#BeatDeacons#Onward

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) September 22, 2018

Trying to get ready to beat Stanford Wake week is going to cost the Irish Two losses. #NDInsider

— Dave Hodges (@Big_DHodges) September 22, 2018

Confused by ND inability to throw down field when Book has tried; beginning to think WRs aren’t creating separation/ getting open. #GoIrish#NDInsider

— Justin (@JB4Irish) September 22, 2018

After falling behind for the first time this season, Notre Dame responded with a touchdown drive capped by a 30-yard touchdown run by Jafar Armstrong. At the end of the first quarter, the Irish led 7-3 with Wake Forest driving into Notre Dame territory.

I asked fans for their thoughts on Book through one quarter.

Tommy Rees lite #ndinsider

— Justin (@therealputnam) September 22, 2018

Book was good for being his first start but you have to look at his performance for a whole game. It’s always full of iOS and downs and so far it’s ups and very accurate and the ball comes out in time #NDInsider

— RJ Kruszynski (@_RingsideRant) September 22, 2018

Book makes the reads that Wimbush hasn’t.#ANewChapter#BookPun#NDInsider

— Joel (@VoluntaryJoel41) September 22, 2018

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— Patrick Priest (@PatrickPriestAD) September 22, 2018

The Book reports started pouring in during the second quarter as he led Notre Dame on three consecutive touchdown drives. Book's two-yard touchdown run pushed the Irish ahead 28-13 with 5:24 remaining in the second quarter.

Book finished the first half 16-of-24 passing for 189 yards and one touchdown.

Prototypical Ian Book drive + evidence of why Wimbush is a really good red zone QB all rolled into one. #NDInsider#NDFB

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) September 22, 2018

I was concerned, but he looks pretty confident out there. Can’t complain when we are winning, so I like it. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) September 22, 2018

Nice flow to offense. Good mix of pass and run. Great to not see zone read every other play. #NDInsider

— CDP, Ed.D. (@cdpulse1) September 22, 2018

Book done well to settle into the game. Intermediate throws are on time and they’re moving got ball well. Line getting push and protect when asked. WRs loving it today, Mack may have tips us off midweek talking about lots of passing in practice. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 22, 2018

Smart, Accurate, what BK needs to run this offense with this personnel. They don’t have a WR that can stretch the field..Book is better at this O. No doubt. #NDInsider

— Steve Warden (@sewarden77) September 22, 2018

Slow start but better chemistry with WR/TE, especially Mack. Would like to see Armstrong more. #NDInsider

— Tom Schuster (@tjsdomer2) September 22, 2018

Slow start, but settling in. #NDInsider

— MarkyD (@uDontEvenKnoMe) September 22, 2018

My thoughts : we are finally playing with 11 on offense. #NDInsider

— Josh Wheeler (@BKERA_IRISH_RKG) September 22, 2018

I’m sold #NDInsider

— michael b boschman (@mkboschy) September 22, 2018

Steady Eddy, just like I expected. Not flashy, making the easy throws, taking what the defense is giving him. That’s not a bad thing. #NDInsider

— Sean LaFontaine (@LaFontaine12) September 22, 2018

Man, I love BW but Book is showing what this offense is supposed to look like. This reminds me of the Tyrod/Baker change the other night. #NDInsider

— CDP, Ed.D. (@cdpulse1) September 22, 2018

Book opens up the offense. Much more dynamic. Irish hadn’t scored more than 24 in any game this season. Have already scored more in one half. Receivers loving it today. RBs gunna have a big day in 2nd since they aren’t stacking box. Love this, LOVE THEE #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 22, 2018

I was skeptical at first. Took a while for the offense to start rolling but they are more in sync with Ian Book. So far so good. #NDInsider

— DMack10 (@DMack10inDallas) September 22, 2018

What is this 28 on the scoreboard? I thought we were only good for 21 each week. #NDInsider

— CDP, Ed.D. (@cdpulse1) September 22, 2018

The first half ended with Wake Forest kicker Nick Sciba missing on two field goal attempts. His 42 yarder missed wide left, but he was given a second chance when Irish cornerback Julian Love was flagged for running into the kicker. On his second attempt, Sciba hit the left upright.

Wakes kicker doing his best trick shot post game. ND offense looking better. Be nice to kill the game off in 3rd. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 22, 2018

Upside is the Wake's kicker has a strong future with the @Vikings#GoIrish#BeatDeacs#NDInsider

— Fighting Italian (@VivaSalvaterra) September 22, 2018

Sciba will be without a date for tonight. #NDInsider

— Lou Falzarano (@LouFalzarano) September 22, 2018

Irish fans were a cheery bunch with Notre Dame leading 28-13 at halftime. Book puns and GIFs were flying in at a delightful rate.

I love #BadFootball#NDInsider

— Joel (@VoluntaryJoel41) September 22, 2018

Not bad #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/qfVt1Vt9mW

— Jay Lehman ☘️ (@OlderThanU_) September 22, 2018

#NDInsider enjoy the rotations! Depth on both sides of the ball is key for the remainder of this schedule

— Zach (@ZachK54) September 22, 2018

Scoring way too fast, hurting the defense. Totally kidding by the way. #NDInsider

— Greg marshall (@Murse_Gaylord) September 22, 2018

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— Mike Jordan Laskey (@mikelaskey) September 22, 2018

Book got better each drive I thought. Nice to see he can use his arms and legs to get TDS! #YouGotBooked#NDInsider ☘️☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/wtZXmNo7Ej

— Nicole Becker (@Crazy4OReilly90) September 22, 2018

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— Andrew B Thatcher (@athatcher1971) September 22, 2018

#NDInsider Team play gets pic.twitter.com/YWZR35noOJ

— ryanfromNY (@RyanfromN) September 22, 2018

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— Stanley Goodreads (@sullivk2) September 22, 2018

#NDInsider refs get this pic.twitter.com/ca1zeguGV5

— ryanfromNY (@RyanfromN) September 22, 2018

Favorite play: @SlipperyFox10 doing his best @tommyzbikowski impression GO IRISH!!!☘️☘️☘️ #NDInsider

— Judith Shuller (@CS24Saints) September 22, 2018

Amazing what they can do when they’re not hungover from their Friday shenanigans! #NDInsider#NotreDame#UberChats

— Julie Nelson (@Nelsonology434) September 22, 2018

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— Trick Ross (@Cobb785) September 22, 2018

We have an identity #NDInsider

— IrishCoke (@AdamCoquillard) September 22, 2018

#NDInsider A bit tardy with my response, but the passing accuracy is so nice to see and very little missed, re: Wimbush’s running, as it is clear Book can run when he needs to.

— Damian J. Wachter (@DJWachter) September 22, 2018

The Irish kept rolling in the third quarter. All three Notre Dame drives ended in touchdowns and cornerback Troy Pride Jr. nabbed an interception for the Irish defense.

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— John Casper Jr. (@johncasperjr) September 22, 2018

PJ dressed? Maybe he gets a look in the 4th? One can only hope. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 22, 2018

#ndinsider Irish season suddenly has new feel and new expectations.

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) September 22, 2018

#NDInsider how did Wimbush beat out Book to start the Michigan game? How?

— AJG (@AJ_Gelson) September 22, 2018

Notre Dame was able to coast in the fourth quarter to ride out a 56-27 victory. The questions about the Irish offense following the first three wins were momentarily answered by Book. The bigger test will come this weekend against No. 7 Stanford, but that worrying could be put on delay for a day or two.

It felt like we are actually a top 10 team. Still not confident we can play with the top 5 teams, but the next 2 weeks will give us the feedback we need. #NDInsider

— JM (@NDJeff06) September 22, 2018

To all the @NDFootball fans who thought Ian Book wasn't the answer at QB, I ask...when was the last time our O put up 56 points in a game?

I'm impressed with what this kid has done today. Love Wimbush, but Book just lights out today.#NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) September 22, 2018

#NDInsider this is how we’re supposed to look. Defense flying around, an offense without limitations, and a team well conditioned, that didn’t wilt in the heat. Book looked real good. The playbook is wide open when you can utilize all of your weapons. ☘️

— rrat (@RRatkay) September 22, 2018

What a relief #NDInsider

— Nick Blashill (@nickblashill) September 22, 2018

We won a game that wasn’t close! With our back up QB nonetheless. I’m here for it. 4-0 ☘️ #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) September 22, 2018

Feels great, but they allowed 27 points to an unranked 2-1 opponent. More work needs to be done. Great win for Ian Book! Good news is Stanford is a home game #NDinsider

— Lou Falzarano (@LouFalzarano) September 22, 2018

Felt comfortable. Never bothered by 2nd/3rd string getting playing time. Nice to see PJ get a drive. Brandon will feel a way about this game, but he’ll be called on again this year. He needs to stay ready and stay positive. Going to be a fun game next week! #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) September 22, 2018

Slants, posts, n crossing routes who knew!!!!! It’s about time we started using those routes! #ndinsider

— Alexandro Galarza (@alex1tke) September 22, 2018

Brian Kelly lied to us. Said Book and Wimbush would both play today. #NDInsider#NDFB#Sarcasm

— MarkyD (@uDontEvenKnoMe) September 22, 2018

It felt foreign and welcome #NDInsider

— IrishCoke (@AdamCoquillard) September 22, 2018

It felt good today. I never even thought about breaking my TV like the previous 3 weeks. #NDInsider

— Joe Sendelbach (@okieirish) September 22, 2018

Comfortable 4th qtr felt very strange. Edge of the seat has become the norm. #NDInsider

— RAblogger (@armitageblogger) September 22, 2018

Should have been week 1 started #NDInsider

— Tyler Huser (@thuser156) September 23, 2018

#NDInsider I thought Book played great. Good enough to stay the starter. I would like to see Kelly work Wimbush in with Book as QB.

— P Ocho (@PaulOchoa_11) September 23, 2018

Notre Dame's Alex Bars (71) talks to fans following Notre Dame's 56-27 win over Wake Forest.