No. 9 Notre Dame Sticks with old-school run game, employing deep table of backs

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — While Sam Hartman’s strong passing game is all the rage at No. 9 Notre Dame, it’s still the bulldozing ground game that keeps the Fighting Irish offense chugging along. Second-year coach Marcus Freeman doesn’t want it any other way. He never intended to abandon the program’s old-school identity, even after plucking Hartman out of the transfer portal or promoting tight ends coach Gerad Parker to offensive coordinator. And it’s working. A three-man rotation has given undefeated Notre Dame one of the nation’s top running games.

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