In what turned out to be the game of the college football weekend, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish outlasted Florida State in a overtime thriller, 41-38.
It came at a cost though for Notre Dame, as head coach Brian Kelly announced on Monday that linebacker Paul Moala will miss the rest of the year with a torn achilles suffered in the win.
Via On3.com, Kelly spoke about the injury to the Notre Dame linebacker, Moala.
“Paul Moala tore his other Achilles tendon,” Kelly said. “Devastating. It was an emotional locker room last night. I kind of didn’t tip that off to you guys because it was still pretty raw. But yeah, we’re all very disappointed for Paul. He worked so hard to get back to getting on the field. But we love Paul and he’s gonna be missed. He’s a guy that we were counting on and he’s gonna be sorely missed.”
Moala had just comeback from tearing his other achilles during the 2020 season. It’s quite an emotional loss for the Notre Dame defense that struggled to contain Florida State’s run game at times on Sunday evening.
The Notre Dame coach also announced that reserve tight end Kevin Bauman has a fracture in his leg.
“Bauman has a non weight bearing fracture,” Kelly said, adding, “he’ll get surgery. He’ll have a plate inserted and if all things go well there, that is six weeks.”
Notre Dame will look to rally and replace as the regular season continues on. Let’s all be thankful Kelly opted not to execute any of his players.