‘Put it on me’: Hartman takes blame for Irish loss
Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Senior Citizen WriterNov 4, 2023, 05:58 PM ET
- College football reporter.
- Signed up with ESPN.com in 2008.
- Graduate of Northwestern University.Notre Dame’s Sam Hartman
took duty for the group’s loss to Clemson on Saturday after ending up being the first Power 5 quarterback since 2004 to be up to 0-5 against the very same opponent.Hartman finished only 13 of 30 passes for 146 yards and two interceptions, the first of which Clemson’s Jeremiah Trotter Jr. returned for a 28-yard touchdown. The sixth-year senior had 68 hurrying lawns and a touchdown in Notre Dame’s 31-23 loss at Memorial Arena. Florida State’s Chris Rix was the last Power 5 quarterback to go 0-5 against the very same opponent( Miami). Hartman went 0-4 against Clemson at Wake Forest before transferring to Notre Dame in the winter season. “If you guys want to blame, put anything on anyone, put it on me,” said Hartman, who explained his play as”unacceptable “versus Clemson.”I played very poor today. Didn’t play well sufficient to be a winning quarterback, to be a winning football team. All the various situations, situations that we remained in today was a part of my doing, and actually all my doing. I simply didn’t carry out well enough.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated “So if you want to mention people on Twitter, you want to blame OCs, you want to blame Coach [
Marcus] Freeman, blame me. I’m big enough and male enough to admit that I didn’t play up to the requirement that this group should have, this fan base, this university is worthy of.”Hartman threw 14 touchdown passes and no interceptions through Notre Dame’s first six games before being selected off three times in a 33-20 loss Oct. 7 at Louisville. He completed just 50%of his passes in a narrow win Sept. 30 at Duke and just 43.3%against Clemson, a season low.Freeman noted the pick-six, which put the Irish down 24-6 midway through the 2nd quarter. Clemson’s offense scored just 7 points in the last 39 minutes, 11 seconds. Freeman stressed the turnover margin
as a secret for Notre Dame against Clemson, which had a 3-2 edge in takeaways. Notre Dame outgained Clemson 329-285.”Obviously, we can’t toss a pick-six, “Freeman said.”You can’t do that. I understand he knows that. Now he did some really, really advantages, extending have fun with his legs and running for first downs and touchdowns. However the most significant thing we can’t do is turn the ball over. We have to look after the football. “Notre Dame is off next week before hosting Wake Forest and then completing the regular season Nov. 25 at Stanford.