Riding the high of a 41-24 victory against Syracuse on Saturday, Notre Dame safety Brandon Joseph took to Twitter to celebrate. Joseph posted a photo of himself lifting up Syracuse running back Sean Tucker on a tackle in Saturday’s game.
The caption on the tweet also included a dig at Tucker, who wears No. 34.
The Notre Dame defense held Tucker to just 60 yards rushing and a touchdown on 16 carries Saturday. That was tied for the third-fewest yards this season for Tucker, who ranked third in the ACC with 698 rushing yards entering the game.
Joseph finished the game with two tackles and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown on the opening play of the game. The interception was his first of the season, and he now has 27 tackles in eight games.
Brandon Joseph’s pick six set the tone early on, as Notre Dame went on to take a 21-7 lead over Syracuse into the locker room. The Orange responded in the third quarter to make it a one-touchdown deficit going into the fourth, but the Fighting Irish would outscore them 17-7 the rest of the way.
Offensively, Notre Dame leaned on its ground game to finish with 246 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The victory was the second straight for the Fighting Irish, and their 26th consecutive over an ACC opponent.
It’s been an up-and-down inaugural season for coach Marcus Freeman at Notre Dame, but Saturday’s win against a ranked Syracuse team can hopefully inspire confidence to finish out the year. The Fighting Irish improved their record to 5-3 this season, and have a huge matchup coming up against No. 5 Clemson at 7:30 p.m. ET next Saturday.