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  1. The good, the bad, the ugly: 85th Blue-Gold game

    Apr 14, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Spring football is done, with the Blue-Gold game already in the rearview mirror. Let’s recap Saturday’s festivities with a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the offense’s 63-58 win.

  2. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

    Dec 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dan Fox

    A day after watching Cincinnati, Miami and Michigan all end their season in ugly, embarrassing fashion, Notre Dame’s lethargic 29-16 victory over Rutgers doesn’t look so bad. It wasn’t always the prettiest football, and the Irish left a lot of points on the board, but in the end Notre Dame went home happy and ended…

  3. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

    Cam McDaniel BYU

    For the fourth straight season, Notre Dame sent its seniors out with a victory, a wonderful change from the Charlie Weis era where the Irish lost their two final home games in devastatingly painful fashion. But on Saturday, the Irish put together a complete victory, a late-season win that felt like a great pitcher grinding…

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

    Nov 10, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly ref

    Most coaches institute a 24-hour rule. After a win or a loss, you’ve got 24 hours to put the game in the rearview mirror and move past it. That might be a little bit tougher for Brian Kelly and his team this Sunday, with the loss among the most frustrating in the Kelly era. “Our…

  5. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Nov 3, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Keenan Reynolds, Justin Utopo, Cole Luke

    After eight lead changes, Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame team did just enough to keep Navy from springing an upset that would’ve undone much of the positives that have come from a season that hasn’t come easy. At 7-2, the Irish will likely climb a few more spots in the polls if only because of attrition,…

  6. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Matthias Farley, Bennie Fowler

    Upon second inspection, Notre Dame’s win over Michigan State doesn’t look much prettier. But the result is all that counts for Brian Kelly’s team, who need to quickly turn the page and prepare for the Oklahoma Sooners, coming to town with revenge on their mind. At 3-1, the Irish sit at No. 22 in both…

  7. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan

    Last season, every Saturday ended with the Victory March. While it wasn’t always pretty, the Irish found a way to win, even when out-gained, and sometimes out-played. Breaking in a young quarterback, reinventing an offense, and relying on a defense that played historically stingy, it was a season to remember. Saturday night reminded us that…

  8. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Navy

    If there’s criticism, it should be of the constructive manner this afternoon, a day after the Irish let go of some frustration on Navy. The 56-14 thumping was the biggest beating of Navy since Tony Rice, Mark Green and Ricky Watters beat up the Midshipmen in 1987. The victory was a complete mauling — with…

  9. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Air Force

    Oct 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Toma Eifert Air Force

    The offensive fireworks ruled the day yesterday afternoon in Notre Dame Stadium, with both teams moving the football, but the Irish doing so with incredible efficiency in a 59-33 victory. Notre Dame’s 560 yards were the most for the Irish since they beat Washington State in San Antonio in 2009, and continues a promising trend…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:13 AM EDT

    Kelly and Blanton

    In a series of games that have seen close wins by both Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Irish finally were able to pull off an impressive victory — something that’s been few and far between these past 15 years. After dominating the Spartans in every phase of the game, it’s finally time to find…

  13. The good, the bad, the ugly: USC

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    Te'oDiaco

    Ronald Johnson still dropped it. That’s the thing most Irish fans have to be saying to themselves after Saturday’s 20-16 victory over the Trojans, where Notre Dame survived four turnovers to beat USC for the first time since 2001. When wrapping up the game, USC head coach Lane Kiffin had this to say. “None of…

  14. The good, bad, and ugly: Utah

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:16 AM EDT

    KLMfans

    What a difference a week makes. After two of the more disheartening weeks in recent memory for Notre Dame football, the Irish put together a complete performance, dominating Utah physically on both the offensive and defensive fronts on their way to a resounding victory. “I don’t think we ever had control on the line of…

  15. The good, the bad, the ugly: Tulsa

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    FloydTulsaINT

    What a calendar year for the Irish. From Halloween to Halloween, you’d be hard pressed to find a football program that’s had a tougher 12 months than the Fighting Irish. On the field, the Irish were 4-9, with seven of those losses decided by one score or less. Major injuries were suffered by starters like…

  16. The good, the bad, the ugly: Navy

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    3peat

    There are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the negatives and then there are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the positives. This is one of those Sundays, where retrospection doesn’t always help. Navy’s convincing 35-17 victory over Notre Dame was clinical. The Midshipmen accomplished just about every objective they had laid out…