One game at a time
It's been a season and three quarters of fits, starts, surges and retreats under second-year Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly. Kelly related as much after Saturday's victory. "It was just today," he said when asked afterward about the strong, balanced Irish performance, powered by the reliable backfield duo of Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood, and an offensive line that is getting better at run blocking by the game. "Saturday, November the 12th, we played the way we needed to play in all three phases. We'll see what happens on the 19th of November. But they know – our players truly understand how to win football games now. It starts with their preparation during the week, and they know that they have to be able to bring all three phases." A weak Boston College team coming to South Bend this weekend might not put Kelly's words to the test, but the regular-season-ending trip to Stanford will, even though the Cardinal's loss to Oregon on Saturday somewhat tarnishes an otherwise stellar season for that program.
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