NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Ian Book was named ACC Quarterback of the Week, and graduate student offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, for their performances in the Irish’s 45-3 win at Pitt last week. The two selections mark the fourth and fifth ACC weekly honors for the Irish this season.
Book, named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list Monday, completed 16 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 40 yards (including rushes for three first downs) against the ACC’s top-ranked rushing defense. His three passing touchdowns led all ACC quarterbacks last week, along with his TD pct. (10.0, min. 20 attempts), and his three TD passes ranked second among all Power 5 quarterbacks on the weekend. Just four other Power 5 quarterbacks threw three or more TD passes last week.
His 312 passing yards were the second-most in the ACC for the week, along with his QB rating (173.7). Book’s 73-yard pass to graduate student wide receiver Ben Skowronek was the third-longest pass in the FBS last week and second-longest among ACC quarterbacks.
Eichenberg and the offensive line paved the way for 434 yards of total offense and 115 rushing yards (with two rushing TDs). Notre Dame maintained possession of the ball for 40:59 minutes of the game, the most by an ACC team in a single game this season, and fifth-most in a single game among all FBS teams this season. The Irish now lead the ACC in time of possession per game (34:11/game)
Notre Dame’s 115 rushing yards last week were the second-most Pittsburgh has given up in a game this season. Entering Saturday’s game, the Panthers allowed just 61.5 yards per game, the ACC’s best rushing defense. The Irish’s two rushing touchdowns against Pitt marked the first time the Panthers have allowed multiple rushing touchdowns in a single game since October 5, 2019 vs. Duke.
Notre Dame (5-0, 4-0 ACC) continues its road swing Saturday at Georgia Tech. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
NOTRE DAME ACC WEEKLY HONORS:
9/14: Kyren Williams, Running Back of the Week (Duke)
9/21: Robert Hainsey, co-Offensive Lineman of the Week (South Florida)
10/19: Kyren Williams, Rookie of the Week (Louisville)
10/26: Ian Book, Quarterback of the Week; Liam Eichenberg, Offensive Lineman of the Week (Pittsburgh)