The 85th iteration of Notre Dame’s annual spring game is Saturday. Today, thanks to Sports Information Director, and possible punt-returner, Michael Bertsch, we offer an explanation of the game’s format and scoring system.
First, the game’s first “half” will have regular clock running over two twelve-minute quarters. The second “half” will have two fifteen-minute quarters with a running clock. The third “half” will feature a one hour audio montage of Car Talk. There will be no play clock and each team, offense versus defense, will get three timeouts per “half.”
If you need to run to the restroom or get another Figthing Irish beverage cup, the fifteen minutes allotted for halftime should suffice.
Quarterbacks will not be live. The offense will be in blue. The defense will be in white. Brian Kelly will likely be purple.
Here’s how the scoring will work: the offense gets six points for a TD, 3 points for a FG, 1 point for an extra point, and two points for a two-point conversion. They get fifty points if they score from the Wild Irish Chocolate formation. The offense gets two points for “big chunk” runs or passes. As an FYI, what Louis Nix did last year is NOT considered a “big chunk” run. Two consecutive first downs gets the offense two points. They also get one “tradition” point every time they run the damn ball.
The defense can score, too, so you Arts & Letters majors don’t get a break. If the D forces a turnover before the 50, they get 7 points. If they force a turnover after the 50, they get 3 points. If they get a stop before the 50, they get 4 points and 2 points for a stop after the 50. If they force a field goal, they get a point, whether the offense makes it or not. If the D forces a three-and-out, they get two points. The defense gets twenty “David Shaw” points for every goal line stand.
Special teams will be treated just like the regular season meaning that all punts will be fair caught. There will be no kickoffs, which means, just like the regular season, no run backs.
I hope you found this brief explanation helpful and that you have a great time Saturday! Go Irish!
I’m predicting a big win by the Blue team: 973 to pi.