The only thing traditional about the rules for Saturday's Blue-Gold spring game will be the length of the field and the time of the contest. And even that last part provides a caveat.
The game will consist of four 15-minute periods, but the clock will run for the second half. Each possession will start on the offense's 35-yard line, each punt will be fair caught and there will be no kickoffs.
The defense can only bring pressure on third downs on snaps from inside the 20-yard line, which may hurt the unit as it tries to accumulate points in a battle against an offense that has the same goal as any other game.
Four points will be awarded to the defense for a stop inside the offense's 50-yard line, and the unit will receive seven points if it forces a turnover there. The defense will get two points for a stop on the other side of the 50, three for a takeaway there. A field goal attempt will also earn the defense a single point.
Former Irish defensive end Justin Tuck will be the game's honorary captain and speak to the team Friday.