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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:27 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:25 AM
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Notre Dame has leaned on its running game to spark a turnaround from a four-win season. Now the 21st-ranked Fighting Irish bring one of the nation's best ground attacks to face a North Carolina run defense that has struggled for stops.
Notre Dame (4-1) enters Saturday's game at UNC ranked second nationally with 20 rushing touchdowns, third in yards per carry (7.14) and seventh in rushing yards per game (301.4). Those numbers are all up significantly from last season, and coach Brian Kelly points to that success as a reason why the Irish has been one of the nation's best red-zone offenses, too.
"I think it has a lot to do with the running of the football and then what we're setting up off of the run, more so than trying to take shots on first down in the end zone," Kelly said. "We're staying ahead of the chains there."
Junior running back Josh Adams has led that attack, ranking third nationally by averaging 131.6 yards per game. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush — whose role is in question Saturday due to a foot injury — is second at better than 80 yards per game.
Compare that production to 2016, when Notre Dame averaged just 163.6 yards rushing and had 18 touchdowns on the ground for all last season. The Irish averaged about 31 points per game, roughly 10 points fewer than this season.
"I think as an offense, I think we know we can do more," Adams said. "I think we have guys that want to do more. We're never just satisfied with where we're at. We always want to do better. We always want to improve. I don't think we're even close to being at the level we know we can be at."
Notre Dame could be set for a big afternoon against North Carolina (1-4), which ranks 112th nationally by allowing nearly 222 yards rushing per game. The Tar Heels surrendered 403 yards rushing to Georgia Tech's triple-option attack last week.
"You're going to have to do the best job we can," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. "We're going to have to be very disciplined in our gaps. Our guys are going to have to get off the blocks and our guys are going to have to get multiple hats to the ball. We need to create turnovers and limit their possessions."
Here are some other things to know about Saturday's Notre Dame-UNC game:
WIMBUSH'S STATUS: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has said he won't name a starting quarterback until kickoff as starter Brandon Wimbush deals with a right foot strain. Wimbush has been limited in practice while sharing reps with Ian Book.
SURRATT'S DEVELOPMENT: Redshirt freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt has seized control of the starting job for the Tar Heels, though they're coming off their worst performance (247 yards) of the season at Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels could use more of Surratt's big-play ability through the air and on the ground.
BANGED-UP TAR HEELS: North Carolina has an injury problem. The Tar Heels had 13 players listed on last week's injury report as being out with season-ending injuries, including starters such as receiver Austin Proehl and linebacker Andre Smith.
MISSING MOMENTUM: The Tar Heels have been struggling dating to the final month of last season. North Carolina has lost seven of nine games since beating Georgia Tech last November, which was the program's last win against a power-conference opponent.
TURNOVER EDGE: Notre Dame has a clear edge on opponents when it comes to dealing with turnovers. The Irish is plus-6 in turnover margin this season, has scored 70 points off 11 turnovers by opponents and allowed just three points off their five turnovers.
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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m.: The on-ramp has reopened.
UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m.:
One lane on the ramp to I-675 North and South, from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area B, has reopened.
Three people have been taken to a hospital following a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-675 near Col. Glenn Highway, according to the Ohio Highway State Patrol.
All three victims have been taken to Miami Valley hospital. The driver is in serious condition. The condition of the two passengers is unknown.
Both the northbound and southbound ramps to Col. Glenn Highway are shut down.
The vehicle crash was reported about 2 p.m., according to scanner traffic. Speed and alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, according to OSP.
We are working to find out more information. We will update this developing report.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
— Two Butler County law enforcement agencies have released lip sync challenge videos this week. Now the question is: Who is the better performer — the Middletown Police Department or the Butler County Sheriff's Office? And will any other departments take on the challenge?
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said numerous people, after watching other public safety departments post lip sync videos, encouraged Middletown to create their own music video.
“Hopefully it made somebody’s bad day a better day where they could laugh a little bit,” he said.
In the video that was released today on the department’s Facebook page, the officers poked fun at themselves by eating doughnuts. The video to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” features officers upset that there are no doughnuts left in the break room.
Among the video's highlights: Maj. Leanne Hood throws a bagel against a wall and Maj. David Birk sings to a picture of a doughnut on his desk.
The video also features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.
The video ends with Muterspaw being told that one doughnut is left in the break room — only to find that a canine officer has found the doughnut first.
The Middletown Police Department has challenged the Fairfield Police Department to create their own lip sync video.
Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said, “If I can get enough interest from my staff we certainly will.”
On Monday, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office released its answer to the lip sync challenge with a featuring “The Final Countdown” by Europe, which was recorded in the Butler County Historic Courthouse; a dispatcher belting out “One Call Away ” by Charlie Puth; and Sheriff Richard Jones dancing to “Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice with several sheriff's office employees.
“You have to be able to laugh at yourself,” Jones said, noting he failed at doing the flossing dance but he keeps trying.
The sheriff said the videos humanize law enforcement to the community as well as build morale within the ranks.
“(Officers) have difficult, dangerous jobs. It is good for everyone to have a chance to laugh,” Jones said. “And I hope people are watching it and laughing their (expletive) off.”
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
RIVERSIDE — UPDATE @ 4:32 p.m.:
A group of teenagers are reportedly responsible for more than $2,000 worth of damage to a Riverside baseball league concession stand.
The suspects squeezed though a vent in the ceiling to break in to the concession stand Monday night, according to Riverside Amateur Baseball Association Vice President Amanda Edens.
“Just pure devastation,” she said. “Completely — everything’s just demolished. It’s horrible.”
“They had taken ketchup, mustard bottles — squirted everything everywhere. They dumped the drawers. They broke into the safe.”
Surveillance cameras mounted to the neighboring Beverly Gardens Elementary School reportedly helped identify the suspects as they made off with boxes of candy.
Police have yet to make any arrests, but Edens said she recognized the teens.
“They come here; they play basketball,” she said. “We feed them; they purchase things here. They’re probably here all the time.”
Edens added that the incident was “completely senseless.”
“I don’t understand it, and I hope these kids have some kind of punishment that equals the damage they have created.”
However, multiple people have rallied around RABA and have offered their help.
“We’ve had several parents reach out to us, wanting to do some fundraising,” Edens said.
A Riverside concession stand was reportedly vandalized with multiple items stolen.
The Riverside Amateur Baseball Association’s concession stand had an estimated 50 Blow Pops and $50 worth of Fricker’s coupons taken, according to a Facebook post by RABA.
Images posted to the page showed food smeared on the door and various items strewn across the concession stand.
The Riverside Police Department is investigating the incident.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:01 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:01 p.m. 7/18:
The nine cats rescued from a North Smithville Road storage unit are receiving medical care at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
The case is still under investigation, and it is not yet known whether or not charges will be filed, according to the Humane Society.
UPDATE @ 3:27 p.m. 7/17:
About a dozen cats were rescued from a Dayton storage unit Tuesday afternoon.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton removed the cats from the North Smithville Road storage unit, which had some food but no ventilation.
The cats were reportedly in small carriers and cages.
All the cats are alive and receiving medical treatment.
INITIAL REPORT @ 2:44 p.m. 7/17:
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is responding to a cruelty and neglect case at a Dayton storage unit.
The Humane Society is reportedly removing nine cats from a North Smithville Road storage unit.
The condition of the cats is not known as of this time.