That's quite possible, but if you're working with hypotheticals then it could also be said that without Fournette it wouldn't have been close.
As everyone's favorite ND Legend, Bob Davie (or Davies for those that are confused) would say, "It is what it is."
Personally, I worked today when I could have taken it off because I expected worse. If that is the recipe for success, then I'll be spending every ND football game at the office...
Let's just take a few moments to revel in victory before dissecting the what-if scenarios. There is plenty of time from now until 09/05/2015 for that.