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  1. And in that corner… The Air Force Falcons

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Air Force

    Credit Brian Kelly for this: He knows just how dangerous this Air Force football team is. The Irish hadn’t hit the showers after beating Purdue before Kelly and his coaching staff mentally had the team thinking about Troy Calhoun‘s squad, a testament to just how important this football game is. If Notre Dame handles its…

  2. Tuesdays with BK: Jefferson Nightmare edition

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Air Force Notre Dame

    Goodbye Purdue. Hello Air Force. Brian Kelly met with the assembled media today and talked about wrapping up Purdue, prepping for Air Force, and getting ready for head coach Troy Calhoun and his very dangerous quarterback Tim Jefferson. If you’re curious what Kelly thinks about Jefferson and what he does to a defense, this quote…

  3. After big Purdue win, focus shifts to Air Force

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly Purdue

    The Notre Dame victory over Purdue was an important one. For the Irish to play the kind of football they know they can, they need to have games like last Saturday’s, where the superior team enacts its will onto their opponent. The Irish did that, and they took a big step forward, pushing them to…

  4. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Oct 2, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Floyd Riddick

    It’s tough to be too picky this afternoon, a day after the Irish manhandled Purdue 38-10. Sure, the Irish left some points on the board. But even Brian Kelly knows there was too much good to try and complain. “We missed some opportunities,” Kelly said last night. “In close games, missing an easy field goal…

  5. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 38, Purdue 10

    Oct 2, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    Cierre Wood

    It took roughly 30 seconds to realize that this Saturday might be slightly different for the Irish. Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush locked onto a crossing route on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He failed to see Gary Gray (let alone Harrison Smith) who locked onto TerBush’s ill-fated throw. Gray stepped in front of the…

  6. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    While it’s hardly the top billing of the evening, the Fighting Irish have a chance to make a primetime statement, three weeks after failing to do so with all eyes watching. Notre Dame heads down to West Lafayette, taking on an undermanned Purdue squad that doesn’t have much of a shot on paper against a…

  7. RB Will Mahone pledges to the Irish

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Will Mahone

    It seemed like a long time coming. After months of being connected to the Irish, Ohio running back Will Mahone finally committed to Notre Dame last night, giving the Irish a much needed commitment in the backfield. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back from Austintown, Ohio had offers from Penn State, Pitt, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois,…

  8. Pregame Six Pack: Primetime at Purdue

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:14 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Four down, eight to go. After digging themselves into an improbable 0-2 hole, the Irish are ready to push their way above .500, a long slog back after two really disheartening losses. They’ll have their chance to do it in primetime Saturday night, with the Irish and Boilermakers kicking off at Rose-Ade Stadium at 8:00…

  9. IBG: Pushing towards Purdue

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    George Atkinson MSU

    In case people forgot, the Irish are playing a football game this Saturday night. Yep, they’ll be hopping on the bus and heading down to West Lafayette, enjoying that glorious drive down US 31 into Boilermaker country, where a hostile crowd will be looking to enact revenge from 2009, where Purdue nearly pulled the upset…

  10. Ragone still contributing, sixth year possible

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Mike Ragone

    The Irish have done a good job of staying healthy these first four games. Unfortunately, one big exception is fifth-year tight end Mike Ragone, who tore his ACL against Michigan and was lost for the year. Ragone’s had three major knee injuries dating back to his senior year in high school, a snake-bit career that…

  11. And in that corner… The Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd Purdue

    It’s that time of year. The Purdue game. An annual tradition that’s not entirely appreciated by one-side of the in-state “rivalry,” a term that alone makes some Notre Dame fans bristle. (Memo to those fans: Be careful about getting too uppity about rivalries. Just look at what’s happened with Navy lately.) Anyway, if Michigan and…

  12. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

    brian-kelly-michigan

    Okay, people — who’s ready to turn the corner from bickering about a quarterback controversy that only exists in the hearts and minds of Irish fans? (This guy!) While there will be plenty of time for us to keep picking away at the play behind center, Brian Kelly and the Irish continued to trudge forward,…

  13. Rees is still Kelly’s quarterback

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    You can spend a day trying to analyze the Irish quarterbacking conundrum. I just did — spending a solid 18 hours with a draft open before ever successfully committing a word to page. It hasn’t been for lack of effort. Or lack of dissenting opinions. But here’s the rub: Ask a thousand Irish fans what…

  14. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Pitt

    A second viewing of Notre Dame’s 15-12 victory doesn’t add new perspective to Saturday’s win. The maddening inconsistencies that have plagued this football team still exist, rearing their ugly heads when you’d least expect it. Two turnovers, a missed field goal, and too many penalties all combine to give you a squad that has understandably…

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Gang tackle Pitt

    The recipe for disaster was there. Eight penalties for 85 yards. Another lost turnover battle, 2-0. Drive killing mistakes. But Saturday turned out differently, with Notre Dame beating Pittsburgh 15-12 thanks to a great fourth quarter drive by Tommy Rees, who up until that point was held captive by a blitzing Panthers defense. It was…

  16. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    With an early kickoff today, enjoy a late breakfast and a live blog with us as Notre Dame battles for a chance to get back to even on the season, with hopes of beginning their first winning streak of the year. Some relatively big news broke yesterday when Pitt announced senior guard Chris Jacobson, the…

  17. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Pitt

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:30 AM EDT

    What a difference a week makes. Irish fans didn’t quite know what to make of last weekend’s game: an annual rivalry, a game the Irish usually don’t fare well in, and Las Vegas somehow favoring Notre Dame by almost a touchdown even though they were the team with an 0-2 record and Michigan State was…

  18. IBG: Life at the quarter-turn

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    Little Mac

    Slow this season down, please! After months of analyzing and dissecting all the things related to the 2011 football season, the first three weeks — in all their bizarre and agonizing glory — are already gone. Not a lot of people saw a 1-2 start for the Irish, and nobody saw the way the Irish…

  19. Jones carries heavy heart after loss of his father

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    tj-jones

    With TJ Jones made available to the media for the first time after the sudden death of his father Andre in June, there are a few great columns out today on the sophomore wide receiver and how impressive he’s been pushing on in a time of tragedy. “Every second, when I’m not thinking about schoolwork…

  20. Lynch adds another level to Irish pass rush

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    Aaron Lynch has always had a flair for the dramatic. Whether it was a recruiting battle that played out like a Friday Night Lights episode, his eye-popping performances in the Army All-American Bowl and the spring’s Blue-Gold game, Lynch came to campus with lofty expectations heaped on him by anybody that followed the Irish. Brian…