Ian Book's second half surges

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    Last night, the second set of College Football Playoff rankings were released and Alabama and Clemson kept the top two spots.

    The Irish jumped up one after downing Northwestern last Saturday.

    Notre Dame, of course, needed a second-half lift to get them their ninth win of the season.

    That strong second half was led by quarterback Ian Book.

    After halftime, he led an Irish offense that outscored the Wildcats 14-0 in the third quarter, finishing 22 of 34 -- plus he rushed for the game-winning TD.

    His second half performance is one of several later surges we've seen from the sophomore and has helped his completion percentage climb up to 74.5, topping all other FBS quarterbacks in the nation.

    Yesterday, Brian Kelly told us why Book's third and fourth quarter decision-making is a little different than the first 30 minutes.

    “He needs to see it,’ said Brian Kelly. “Once he sees it, it’s great. He’s not a whiteboard learner. He is an in-game, ‘once I see it, I got it.’ He gets some things that we haven’t seen before. Once he sees it, he can make the adjustment.”

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