Miami made a statement on Saturday — a championship-sized statement.
The Hurricanes thoroughly dominated Notre Dame in a 41-8 victory at Hard Rock Stadium.
Undefeated Miami (9-0), ranked seventh in the College Football Playoff poll, rolled up 374 yards of total offense as Malik Rosier helped the Hurricanes win their 14th consecutive game, dating back to last season.
Rosier threw for 137 yards and ran for 44 more while accounting for two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Travis Homer also had a big day with 146 yards on just 18 carries.
No. 3 Notre Dame (8-2) never got its vaunted running game on track as powerful 6-2, 225-pound junior Josh Adams was held to 40 yards on 16 carries.
Here are three takeaways from Miami’s dominant win over Notre Dame
1. Miami’s defense is for real — The Hurricanes forced four turnovers and held Notre Dame to 261 yards of offense. Freshman Trajan Bandy was the first to get Miami’s heralded turnover chain with a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown.
#Columbus HS (FL) & #Miami #Hurricanes true freshman DB Trajan Bandy (@BandyTrajan) with the 65-yard #Pick6! Give him a Turnover Chain! #NDvsMIA 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/tWWFWDUnjO
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) November 12, 2017
The Hurricanes kept Notre Dame scoreless until late in the third quarter when Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack caught a 14-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining. Miami held a 34-0 lead before the Irish touchdown.