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Five things we learned: Notre Dame 56, Navy 14

Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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With a tip of the cap to Mark Twain, perhaps the reports of Notre Dame’s internal revolt were greatly exaggerated. With much of the last 36 hours dedicated to rumors of a potential implosion inside the Irish locker room, the squad united quickly, putting together their most complete performance of the year as they demolished Navy 56-14 on Saturday afternoon.

“You saw a team that played together,” head coach Brian Kelly said after the game. “I told our team that’s the best collection of plays relative to all 11 players playing together.”

A week after Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood combined for only nine carries, the Irish ran for a staggering seven touchdowns on Saturday afternoon, with Gray running for three and Wood rushing for two.

After losing the past two years to Navy, the Irish put up an astounding 56 points against the Midshipmen while holding them to only 229 yards of total offense. It was the most points for the Irish against Navy since 1994 and the 42 point win was the largest margin of victory since 1987.

Thanks to a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, the Irish righted a ship that seemed to be teetering this week. Let’s find out what else we learned during Notre Dame’s dominant 56-14 victory over Navy.

After an embarrassing Saturday, the Irish just needed to get back on the field.

Nobody inside the Notre Dame football program felt good about last weekend’s performance against USC. After spending a week beating themselves up, they took out their frustrations on Navy.

“They whipped our butts today,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said after the Irish’ 42 point victory. “Not going to make any excuses. That’s my 14th team playing Notre Dame, and that’s the most full butt-whipping. Coach Kelly did a great job getting his guys ready, bouncing back after the USC game. They cam prepared and focused and they got after us in all three phases. They got after us offensively, defensively and special teams. Just a total butt whipping.”

We’ll find out what this afternoon’s performance means, but if it’s any indication, a difficult week of practice and some harsh realities simply put this football team in a bad mood and very eager to prove some doubters wrong.

From the opening series of the game, it was clear the Irish brought incredible intensity to the field, and after stopping a 12-play Navy drive to start the game, the Irish opened the flood gates, jumping to a quick 14 point lead and never looking back.

“Today was a great example of the kind of football — everybody together, everybody playing hard for each other — that’s what we expect,” Kelly said. “We don’t want to just do it for four weeks. We want to do it for eight, ten, 12.”

Bob Diaco has officially exorcised his Navy demons. 

It might get lost amidst the off the field soap opera, but Bob Diaco dialed up the most impressive game plan of his career, shutting down a Navy offense that undressed the young defensive coordinator last year.

Without starting defensive ends Ethan Johnson and Kapron Lewis-Moore, Diaco spent the majority of the game in a four-man front, putting Prince Shembo and Darius Fleming at end, with Stephon Tuitt, Sean Cwynar, and Louis Nix anchoring the inside.

The front four was key to shutting down a Navy running attack that averaged 325 yards a game and 5.7 yards a carry. The Irish held the Midshipmen to just 196 yards on the ground, and only 3.9 yards a carry on 50 attempts.

“We couldn’t move the ball,” Niumatalolo said. “They stopped us. We couldn’t move the ball which compounded things for our defense because they kept coming on the field and we couldn’t get any conversions.”

Like he did against Air Force, Jamoris Slaughter slid down to outside linebacker, joined by Dan Fox on the other side. While Te’o’s play was excellent, the trio of Tuitt, Nix and Cwynar was really impressive.

“Our front was outstanding,” Kelly said. “Our two inside guys didn’t give much. You’re not going to talk a lot about them, Tuitt and Cwynar, they were really good inside. They took the fullback away and forced the ball out on the perimeter. Those two guys played really well.”

While Aaron Lynch stole most of the preseason publicity, Tuitt has quietly emerged as one of the Irish’s most versatile defensive weapons. His seven tackles from the inside of the defensive line were incredibly impressive, and the freshman has quickly adding another difference-maker to a front seven in need of someone ready to step up.

After taking a lot of heat after last season’s loss, Diaco deserves a ton of credit — showing some great versatility with his defensive structure, and quieting the critics that blasted him last year. The Irish shut down Navy like no other team has done this year, the only team to keep the Midshipmen below 300 yards.

“I think we can put that to rest, about our ability to defend a very, very good football team,” Kelly said.

A week after disappointing, the Irish’s two star players came to play.

It didn’t take long to notice Michael Floyd or Manti Te’o. A week after quiet performances by the Irish’s two star players, both leaders stepped up with dominating performances.

Floyd led Irish receivers with six catches for 121 yards, including a 56 yard touchdown catch on a deep post thrown perfectly by Tommy Rees. He also contributed another score, running a tightrope up the sideline on a quick pass deemed a lateral for a second touchdown. It took just one play to realize that Floyd would present big problems for Navy, with the senior wide receiver beating two tacklers on the first play from scrimmage for 25 easy yards.

“The guy was unbelievable,” Niumatalolo said. “The kid is a complete player. The guy played well. What he did wasn’t a surprise. We knew we had to try to find a way to stop him, but we couldn’t get it done.”

On the other side of the ball, Te’o played one of the most complete games of his career. He led the Irish with 13 tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage, and his nearly error-free performance anchored everything Diaco’s unit did to stop Navy.

“We could not block Manti,” Niumatalolo said. “We have been doing this for a long time. We tried a lot of different schemes and tried a lot of things to block him, but the kid played phenomenal.”

The best way for veteran to lead his team is on the football field. Saturday afternoon, the Irish leaned on their two most important veterans and got everything they needed.

Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray are officially 1A and 1B.

Brian Kelly didn’t make a big deal out of it, but it was Jonas Gray that started in the backfield against Navy, not Cierre Wood. Gray embraced the role, setting the offensive tone with bruising runs of nine, eleven, and six yards, before charging into the endzone on a four-yard run. Four carries, 30 yards, and a touchdown for Gray on the tone-setting drive, numbers that actually hurt his season average.

“He was what we wanted him to be when we talked about how important he was to us when we started the year,” Kelly said of Gray. “He ran physical. He’s got burst, he’s got speed. He breaks tackles. He’s a valuable player, as well as Cierre Wood. Him getting off to a good start — he sets a physical presence for us.”

While neither back busted a long run, Gray and Wood put up almost identical numbers with the duo combining for 23 carries for 135 yards and five rushing touchdowns. More importantly, Gray’s emergence has helped keep Wood fresh, with both backs feeding off each other.

A solid running game is a recipe for red zone success, and Saturday’s seven for seven performance inside the Navy red zone was made possible by a stout running game.

“I think we probably ran the ball a little bit more effectively in those situations,” Kelly said of his teams performance inside the Navy 20. “We put more emphasis on the run game in that area, and i think that is a direction we want to keep moving.”

A week after forgetting about the ground game, everybody in the stadium was reminded that the Irish have a potent rushing attack, something that’ll serve the Irish well as they move into November football.

Brian Kelly has his finger on the pulse of this team better than anybody else.

Brian Kelly wasn’t in the mood to rehash what was said on Friday when he and his football team discussed his controversial comments from Thursday.

“I can tell you that as a family, we all have good days and bad days,” Kelly said after the game. “And you work through that as a family. And we had to work through some things this week. But in the end, like all families, if there’s a disagreement, if there’s any kind of need to communicate, it needs to get done and we did that. We communicated with each other as a team and as a family, and you saw it today. You saw a team that played together.”

While Kelly was mum about what happened behind closed doors, offensive tackle Zack Martin gave a succinct summary of Friday’s events.

“Coach Kelly apologized to us. We took his apology and we were fine with it,” Marin told the Chicago Tribune‘s Brian Hamilton. “He’s our leader.”

It certainly doesn’t pay for a head coach to differentiate between his guys and the previous regimes’ players, the only dicey thing Kelly said in my opinion. But Kelly — one of college football’s most media savvy head coaches — didn’t become stupid over night. Anything he said on Thursday was said for a reason, and it looks to have paid off, as the Irish went out and blew out a Navy team that’s turned one of college football’s most one-sided rivalries on its head in recent years.

While you may not agree with his tactics, Kelly inherited a senior class that was one of the most heralded recruiting groups in the country, yet has played below .500 football up until this point of their career. After replacing a coach that had different rules for different players, Kelly would much rather play bad cop and let a group of assistants he knows and trusts keep the team together, than except mediocrity when pressure is at its highest.

Nowhere in Brian Kelly’s job description does it say he needs to be a players’ coach. After watching his team play undisciplined and lackadaisical football for seven games, Kelly decided to use the media to send a message to the leadership of his football team. The press obliged and the veterans took the bait. Using one of the oldest tricks in the book, Kelly galvanized his team as they head into November.

  1. trbowman - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    All Day Gray – that’s my new nickname for Jonas Gray, especially after he said it to the cameras.

  2. 9irish - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Just a couple of things…first, I think you are right, sometimes the best way to motivate people is to piss them off and make them prove you wrong. Still 14 points directly related to turnovers, but it didn’t matter. Even after the turnovers, they seemed really well-composed.

    I know bye weeks have their purpose, for catching your breath and healing, but in this case it was very bad timing. Lost momentum last week. Would have been better off without it. Too much time to think.

    Not into the fashion page, jumbotron, field turf argument, but you could definitely tell the difference in those helmets when they were against Navy…pretty impressive.

    Go Irish

  3. trbowman - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    I was disappointed Mulvey didn’t play.

  4. mpkennedy3 - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Good to see the team bounce back after a horrible game under the lights last week. I agree with Keith, Kelly knew what he was doing, and his team responded. Let’s hope they keep it rolling until the Stanford game, then, let’s play!!!!

  5. ajw21 - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Great article Keith. Its always good to win big when we should. Anyone else wonder if the Hendrix package is done with for the year? I found it odd he didn’t come in for a few plays in the 2nd or 3rd quarter when he could have success. I don’t think BK should abandon the Hendrix package but seems like that what happened. I guess we will see. Great win and on to Wake Forest.

    • notredamegrad - Oct 29, 2011 at 10:07 PM

      I wondered about the disappearing Hendrix, too. That said, he’s been given 3 shots to run in a TD the last two times they were within 3 yards of the end zone against AFA and USC, to no avail. He had another few plays in the red zone last week that didn’t go anywhere. Was he limited because he hasn’t been productive apart from the one long run?

      Great to see Crist go in and play well – sharp passes, excellent scramble and scamper up the sideline, good to see him take a clean snap under center on the one to resolve any dimmed confidence after USC. Also nice to hear about him from the announcers. That guy’s a leader, whether he’s QB 1 or not.

      I think Kelly is a great talker and he meant to spur his players this week with what he said, but the divisive comments distinguishing “his” players from the others (who make up about 80% of his two-deep, week in and week out) were poorly chosen and his apologizing to the players for them illustrates his recognizing that.

    • alsatiannd - Oct 30, 2011 at 7:27 AM

      Crist saw the field because BK thinks he still needs Crist down the line. I disagree, but I understand. It also matters that Hendrix’s game-type is one that Navy probably matched up well against. Playing Crist was to get him to bounce back from last week. It’s similar to why BK kept calling the “lateral” passes until they finally got it right. If you don’t like BK you call that stubborn, if you like BK you call that faithfulness.

    • mbutch6 - Oct 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      It was good to see that Crist finially had to wear the red hat. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that was the first time this year that he wore it. In the past it has been Luke Massa and Golston wearing them and Massa signalling in the plays. I like BK. I think he’s treating our football players like football players and not the cheerleaders (with the exception of the #2 QB doing what 2’s do – signalling in the plays). I do not however, understand how he is handling the development of our #2, #3 QB’s. Why was Rees still in the game the drive he threw the pick? I don’t care who the #2 is. Whether it’s Crist or Hendrix, get them in. Let Crist exorcise his demons or let Hendrix get some game-time rep. I don’t get it.

      • notredamegrad - Oct 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Crist has “worn the red hat” before this game – I believe in almost every game but USF. You just can’t always see all the QBs signaling in the plays because the cameras are trying to show Kelly and so only catch one or two guys next to him.

  6. 10of14 - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Who keeps mentioning Stanford? We are like the 45th ranked team in the country and you mention us in the same breath as Stanford…get a clue. On paper, Wake Forest is a better team than ND. How ’bout we prepare to upset them first…fool.

    • papadec - Oct 30, 2011 at 1:26 AM

      usc exposed Stanford’s vulnerability tonight. And, there is justice – sc lost the game in the 3rd OT on a fumble. What goes around………… It was a great & exciting game. More than ever, this season, I believe ND can beat Stanford – if ND plays error free. GO IRISH!!!!!!

  7. bernhtp - Oct 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    It seems it was like make-up sex after a bad argument. The team really came together and played great.

    • papadec - Oct 30, 2011 at 1:21 AM

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes. Much better, though.

    • 9irish - Oct 30, 2011 at 1:50 AM

      damn! I was thinking of that same analogy earlier!

    • terryb101 - Oct 30, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      yall gonna get mad at me for saying this.. but isnt it kinda sad that we are excited about beating navy?

      • bernhtp - Oct 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

        Regardless of who the team played, they played very well. Added to this was the recent history of losing to this team, and badly. It’s OK to say they did a good job, really.

      • 9irish - Oct 31, 2011 at 12:37 AM

        well yes and no….college football has changed alot over the past 15 years. Navy has come a long way, ND has had to work very hard to try to stay up in the upper tier. I think we are excited that we beat Navy the way that we always think that we should beat Navy…not that we beat Navy. I see your point, though.

      • hihochopsuey - Oct 31, 2011 at 1:26 AM

        given that we had lost 3 out of the 4 previously, id say they were a worthy opponent that still got me nervous

      • terryb101 - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

        bernhtp -” i guess my point got lost , have we fallen so far as to be excited by beating navy? , when i was a kid and teen back in the 70″s we would squeak by usc or michigan and say the things we say about beating navy now.. glad to get the “W”.. but i cant lower my standards and just say well i dont care who we beat as long as we won….they did a good job, but its least in my book

  8. newyorknd - Oct 29, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    I think the lack of Hendrix had more to do with Tommy Rees. I think they were looking to get Tommy in rhythm and that’s why he was in there so late.

  9. ajw21 - Oct 30, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Wow. One week we are terrible and the next week we can beat Stanford? I am a huge ND fan but let’s take one game at a time. USF showed us that we have to come to play every week for a win. Let’s focus on WF and in 3 weeks and hopefully 3 wins, we can start talking about Stanford.

  10. nudeman - Oct 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Your comments about Kelly’s actions deserve more explanation. There are 2 possibilities:
    1) He was pissed off and overstepped with the “my guys” stuff.
    2) He deliberately played the “bad cop” routine, as you suggested.

    Emphatically, I think the answer is #1

    Yes they came out and pounded Navy. Repeat: Navy.

    Think about the recruits considering ND. If I’m a 4 star guy considering ND I’m saying to myself “Coach Kelly just threw more than half of his team under the bus”.

    • jpkphila - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      I totally agree with pointing the finger at Kelly vs giving him a pass as Keith is trying to do. BK’s conduct this year has revealed him to be unworthy to coach the Irish – one thing we demand along with performance is ‘class’, and Kelly has shown he has ‘none’ of the latter! I really felt that he came close to losing the team following his conduct in the SF game, it wasn’t the fact that he ‘lost it’ on the sidelines, it was the way he chased the players along the sideline as they tried to walk away and publicly humiliated them. That is unforgivable in my view and it is completely inconsistent with the word ‘leadership’ – it just doesn’t work that way. On top of SF, the way he repeatedly blamed the players for the SC loss and then came out and tried to suggest that it wasn’t ‘his’ players but Charlie Weiss’s that were underperforming is almost unbelieveably poor conduct by an Irish head coach. Good bye Brian Kelly, I really hope you’re not around after your five years are up!

      • nudeman - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        WHOA, wait a minute here. Let me clarify my comments b4 someone thinks I agree with all that:

        1. Kelly overstepped and his “my guys” words were just terrible judgment. I still believe in Kelly

        2. Keith gave him a pass. The good cop/bad cop thing seems a real stretch

        3. “Class guys”? ND has had several classy guys in the last 10-15 years. Bob Davie, Ty Willingham and … well, we can debate Charlie later. But the point is NONE of them had a consistent track record of winning as a head coach. NONE of them. Davie had never been a D1 Head Coach; same with Charlie. And Ty had one good season at Stanford, if I recall

        4. You’re letting one string of poorly chosen words define the man. Kelly has won. Kelly will win at ND. Relax.

      • 9irish - Oct 30, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        Not to dig up something that I already said in another post. Reference Lou Holtz. The man was a tasmanian devil on the sideline. Nothing annoyed me more than Davie and Willingham with some sardonic grin on their face when things were going seriously downhill.

        Kelly is being who he is, take it or leave it. I kinda like it.

  11. don74 - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Nice win, missed my 47-10…………..where was bruce heggie? coach could have used him today.

  12. ajw21 - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    I understand if you don’t like BK but if you don’t like how he acts on the sidlines, go back and watch Holtz. He would lay into his guys and grab their facemasks and get in their face. These kids are 18-22. They don’t need to be babied when they make a mistake. Nude: I disagree with you about the BK comments for 2 reason one that KA stated. 1. This isn’t his 1st rodeo and 2. His comments were on Thursday. Not Saturday-Monday when his emotions could of got the best of him. Just my opinion.

    • nudeman - Oct 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      Maybe I wasn’t completely clear on my feelings.

      1. I have no gripe with Kelly’s intensity. If Carlo Calabrese racks up a personal foul after stopping USC on 4th down, he absolutely SHOULD get excoriated. Lou would have grabbed his mask, shook it, then buried the kid on the bench for the next 2 games. Fine by me. Really one of the dumbest plays of the season.

      2. My only issue is with the PUBLIC nature of the comments, and dividing the team between “my guys” and everyone else. But it wasn’t like coming out and saying “whoever recruited those two classes of clowns had no clue”. What Kelly said WASN’T THAT BIG OF A DEAL. Let’s move on.

      3. Like you, I have no sympathy for the Juniors and Seniors on this team getting their asses chewed. They’ve won absolutely NOTHING since coming to ND, unless you consider the Sun Bowl a great big achievement.

      4. Juniors and Seniors: Don’t like it? Play better.

      • notredamegrad - Oct 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM

        Why so hard on the juniors and seniors? Almost none of them were playing their first two years at ND, just as very few fr./so. are playing any serious time this year – they made up about 1/3 of the 2-deep for yesterday’s game when 2 sr. DEs were injured, and 6 of those fr./so. only saw the field in garbage time.

        It doesn’t make any sense to hold guys who were freshmen and sophomores, mostly riding the bench, responsible for the 2008 and 2009 seasons (except for maybe Floyd and Te’o?). Jonas Gray, a senior, never even touched the ball until this year.

        I think it’s reasonable to have sympathy for upperclassmen (and the young guys, too) when they believe that they are doing everything they can to play their best and we have no reason to think otherwise, they’re taking all the coaching they’re getting, learning Kelly’s system, etc. The issue anyway is not Kelly “chewing them out” privately, as you say – it’s publicly dividing them between “his” and “not his.” _The reactions from the seniors were not to his chewing them out privately, but to the very thing you take issue with – Kelly’s public comments dividing them._

      • nudeman - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        Enough is enough in terms of feeling bad for the players who had their feelings hurt. They need to get over it.

        Beat a decent team once in a decade, then we can talk. I’m tired of the mediocrity, tired of getting beat by USC and Michigan, and tired of ND being a national joke and all about hype and tradition and yesteryear.

        The Juniors and Seniors of today have won nothing, have beaten nobody and just beat Navy for the first time.

        When he took over, Kelly no doubt saw a group of guys, down on their luck, undoubtedly with lousy conditioning and work habits, and probably questioning their decision to come to ND. Some probably have never shaken off the Weis hangover. He’s tired of it/I’m tired of it/You’re tired of it.


      • notredamegrad - Oct 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

        All you say is fine, but _no players_ are complaining about getting their feelings hurt. They have nothing to “get over.” These same upperclassmen are the guys who have finally returned ND to beating ranked teams (Utah, MSU), which hadn’t happened in _years_. The improvement will continue because of the foundation they are laying. ND’s struggles have been program-wide and decades long, and the juniors and seniors you’re condemning have been contributing to the turn around (slow as you feel it’s been) as much as anybody else.

      • nudeman - Oct 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

        I’m not condemning anybody. Just channelling my inner Irish fan and tired of hearing of team issues and losing. These are all fine young men, no doubt. And your point is right: They were Frosh and Sophs during Weis’s last couple years and weren’t primary contributors.

        But those 1-2 years were formative for them. They had an undisciplined coach who thought he could outscheme everyone (wrong), and things like conditioning and discipline didn’t matter. So they learned lousy work habits and underachieved. That’s my opinion based on things we’ve all read.

        Some of those guys will be permanently scarred as football players. Others like Floyd got over it and have excelled. He led an undisciplined life off the field, and I’m guessing Weis tended to look the other way. Kelly came in, they clashed (that’s been documented), he said “that shit isn’t going to fly with me”; Floyd put up another DUI and Kelly blew a fuse, came down hard on him, and today he’s better than ever.

  13. fitz79 - Oct 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Personally I don’t care what Kelly has to say to get the Irish to play this way. The proof’s in the pudding. If they come out and play dominant in all three fazes of the game like this, let him throw them under the bus every week. think the Kelly comments were overblown. I think a lot of it was just NBC trying to drum up drama. I mean how many times did they put his quote up on the screen? Makes for a good story right? Once again it’s back to how the coach of Notre Dame always gets overly scrutinized. It comes with the turf. Furthermore, to reply to what someone said earlier, if I’m a 4 star recruit I don’t hear Kelly’s comments and think he’s gonna throw me under the bus. I hear his comments and think he’s excited to get this program full of his own players that he recruited with his own hands. If the head coach of say, Montana, made the comments that Kelly made then his team came out and blew an opponent away the media (including Doug Flutie) would be calling him a genius.

  14. jimkress999 - Oct 30, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    I was glad to see the team win.

    Unfortunately, they still exhibit a lack of fundamental skills that is not acceptable. The turnovers, sloppy tackling, break downs in pass coverage, penalties and other fundamental mental errors are a clear indication this is just not a ND Class football team.

    One must remember that Navy has (arguably) the WORST defense in the FBS division of the NCAA. So, our ability to recover from our mistakes was much easier than it will be against our remaining opponents.

    They have a long way to go to restore the tradition of ND.

    Wake Forrest represents a real threat. I hope the team decides to focus on cleaning up fundamentals. They will need to do so if they are to win. If they play against WF, Maryland, Frodo and especially Stanford, the way they played against Navy, we will lose.

  15. alsatiannd - Oct 30, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Gotta add OT: I’m sick and tired of NBC (No offense, Keith). Their pre-game hype of the “controversy” and player tweets was low-brow and muckrakish, and Doug Flutie was just a contemptuous duchebag in both his pre-game and post-game comments.

  16. 10of14 - Oct 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Doug Flutie is a tool. An admitted Irish hater, his comment referring to Navy being a glorified scrimmage team was tasteless. A little man, you might want to watch film of your BC children this year before dissing our Naval Academy like you did. Classless…and get a haircut while you are at it.

  17. irishinmichigan - Oct 30, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    ND must play error free ball just to go to the Champs bowl. That includes beating Stanford just to get ND in the top 25. I’m already looking toward next season. Hope Irish run the table. Go Irish!

  18. NDfan1224 - Oct 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    GO ND!

  19. paulbrownsrevenge - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    CFT guys won’t post a single positive OSU story. Pretty sad when a website called collegefootballtalk won’t report news on a big PRIMETIME game that had an amazing ending.

  20. johnnd1985 - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    The 56 yard pass to Floyd was perfectly thrown? Are you kidding me? When the receiver practically has to stop to wait for the throw (which was an ugly duck), the pass is not perfectly thrown. Perfectly thrown deep balls hit the receiver in stride. That pass did not hit Floyd in stride. Rees was lucky there was blown coverage, although Floyd probably would have bailed him out on a jump ball.

  21. jpkphila - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    For those of you still deluding yourselves that Brian Kelly is the guy for ND and/or that things are looking up in the ND program, you really need to check out this article by a distinguished commentator – i.e., this is no rant, this is an incisive look at the state of affairs with Brian Kelly and ND football – and it ain’t good news. Sorry, but I always like to look at things as they are and go from there – no sense hiding your head in the sand.


    • nudeman - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      I read the article.
      1. Not a single thing in there I haven’t read multiple times before.
      2. Rehash of old stuff; yelling at TJ Jones, etc.
      3. I look at things as they are too and have been roundly booed for critical comments I’ve made here. But there is no news in this article. One guy’s opinion that Kelly has a tough road ahead. That’s news?

    • notredamegrad - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

      Wow – that’s a really poorly written article and misrepresents a number of situations. It also draws some totally groundless conclusions (e.g., Te’o is declaring for the draft because he tweeted that he’s “playing for his bros”?). Not recommended reading.

      • nudeman - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        Agree. Not a shred of “news” there.
        As for Manti leaving (supposedly), didn’t he announce a couple weeks ago he’s coming back?
        Are we to believe that the recent spat changes that?
        Doubt it.

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