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  1. Five things we learned: Pitt 28, Notre Dame 21

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:57 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Pittsburgh

    After looking like a program that had gotten past the maddening inconsistencies of years gone by, Notre Dame’s 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh awoke all the wrong kinds of echoes on Saturday night. Done in by red zone mishaps and maddening inconsistency, the disappointing loss erased any hope for a BCS bid and ripped at scar…

  2. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 38, Navy 34

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    With the game on the line late and Midshipmen facing a critical fourth down with four yards to go, Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper rolled the dice, hoping to catch the Notre Dame defense over-committing to the option that haunted them all afternoon. But Keenan Reynolds headed around the right side only to pitch the…

  3. Five things we learned: Oklahoma 35, Notre Dame 21

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Tulsa  v Oklahoma

    Notre Dame’s first four plays could’ve served as the CliffsNotes for their 35-21 loss to Oklahoma. On third and long from the Irish 28, Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker came unblocked off the backside, hitting Tommy Rees just as he was trying to throw. The ball ended up in linebacker Corey Nelson’s arms, and just 49…

  4. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly told us all week that he was expecting an ugly, hard-nosed football game. But even the biggest fan of a defensive battle had a tough time watching Notre Dame and Michigan State’s defenses beat up on the opposition, with neither team able to gain 300 yards of total offense. Even with eight penalties,…

  5. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 28, Temple 6

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

    Temple v Notre Dame

    The game ball for head coach Brian Kelly’s 200th career victory will likely find a place on the bookshelf. But there wasn’t much memorable about the Irish’s 28-6 win over Temple. But on a day where the Irish put up 543 yards of offense and managed to get ten freshmen their first taste of college…

  6. Five things we learned: Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:47 PM EDT

    Floyd Florida State Champs

    If you could boil down one game to encapsulate a season, you might have something that looks like the Champs Sports Bowl. During Notre Dame’s 18-14 loss, the Irish turned just about every conceivable emotion for a football fan on its head– ecstasy to agony, confidence to frustration, bravado to helplessness. At times, the Irish…

  7. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 16, Boston College 14

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Michael Floyd

    Senior Day will always be bittersweet. But Saturday’s home finale was also cruel, with the Irish’s 16-14 victory over Boston College overshadowed by the loss of senior running back Jonas Gray. Gray — one of the great surprises of the 2011 season, coming from nowhere to becoming the Irish’s most dangerous rusher — was tackled…

  8. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 45, Maryland 21

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Shamrocks Shake

    In case you didn’t know, Notre Dame’s trip to the nation’s capital had nothing to do about football. Just ask athletic director Jack Swarbrick. “In many ways the motivation for all this has virtually nothing to do with football,” Swarbrick said. “What we want to do is expose more people to Notre Dame. With two…

  9. Five things we learned: USC 31, Notre Dame 17

    Oct 23, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Crist fumble USC

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The stage was set for magic. Notre Dame Stadium was electric, bringing the evening to life on the type of crisp autumn night that football was meant to be played on. In Southern Cal and Notre Dame, two of college football’s most storied programs had the perfect canvas for another classic…

  10. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 59, Air Force 33

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Air Force

    On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in South Bend, the Irish offense sprinted out to an early lead and never looked back, scoring 59 points — 42 of them in the first half alone — as Notre Dame rolled to a 59-33 win over the Air Force Academy. On a Saturday where sunshine and blue skies…

  11. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton

    Robert Blanton wasn’t taking the bait. After doing everything but putting on Superman’s cape in Notre Dame’s 31-13 victory over No. 15 Michigan State, NBC’s Alex Flanagan asked the senior cornerback if this was the best game he’s ever played. “No, ma’am,” Blanton replied matter-of-factly. The response is the perfect one for a veteran leader…

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. South Florida

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:11 AM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — There are statistics. Then there are statistics that matter. Statistics: 508 yards of total offense. 391 passing yards. Cierre Wood — 21 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. Michael Floyd — 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Statistics that matter: Turnovers — Notre Dame 5, South Florida 0.…

  13. Five things we’ll learn: Kicking off 2011

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    brian-kelly-michigan

    As Brian Kelly stepped to the podium this afternoon, it had been 217 days since he led the Notre Dame football team in a contest that mattered. Last we saw Kelly’s Fighting Irish, they were embarrassing a former rival in the Sun Bowl, jumping all over a wayward Miami Hurricane squad that was adrift after…

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

    HughesWin

    LOS ANGELES — In the end, the skies opened up and the streak finally ended. Rain swept through Los Angeles and washed the slate clean, as Notre Dame turned the tide on a woefully one-sided rivalry of late, holding on to beat Southern Cal 20-16 in rainy Los Angeles. After nearly a decade of lopsided…

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Army

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

    IrishTD1

    NEW YORK — As the Irish started their jog for the Yankee’s dugout after the game, strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo gave defensive coordinator Bob Diaco a very large bear hug. This was one of those jubilant celebratory embraces, the byproduct of both men’s work culminating in another absolutely dominant defensive performance and a…

  16. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Utah

    Nov 13, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

    MFUtah

    It was an analogy Brian Kelly didn’t want to use, but football is a lot like the game of life. Ebb and flow. Highs and lows. Good and bad. And after three solid weeks of nothing but negativity, Kelly’s Notre Dame squad went out on Senior Day and summarily dispatched Utah 28-3 on Saturday afternoon.…

  17. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Teich

    With the Notre Dame offense unable to play their top three receiving threats and with running back Armando Allen well below 100 percent, it’s not a complete surprise that the Irish offense struggled against Navy’s bend, but not break, defense. What is a surprise is the complete collapse of the Irish defense, which was absolutely…