Found October 20, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
In their 17-14 win over BYU, Notre Dame once again proved college football’s oldest adage: It doesn’t matter whether you win pretty or win ugly. Just as long as you win, baby. For the Irish, that is a credo they’ve been living by all year. And it’s one they put to the test against BYU on Saturday. Simply put, the Irish’s performance against BYU could hardly be called vintage, and to be blunt, they were lucky to hold on to win. Notre Dame fell behind 14-7 at halftime, with their defense looking uncharacteristically sloppy. Those 14 points were the first offensive touchdowns the Irish had given up since early September. Luckily though, when the Irish needed to make plays, they did. The defense pitched a shutout in the second half, and offensive got a boost from a huge and unlikely play. That play came with Notre Dame trailing 14-7 late in the third, when Theo Riddick was thought to be brought down by a tackler on a crucial third down, before staying on his feet an...

Notre Dame football week 8 preview: BYU

 Notre Dame football heads into its week 8 match-up against the Brigham Young Cougars after a much-celebrated (and highly controversial) victory over the Stanford Cardinal last week. That victory propelled Notre Dame to a #5 ranking in both the AP and Coach’s polls as well as the initial BCS standings. That’s the Irish’s highest ranking since achieving the #2 rank in week...

No. 5 Notre Dame finds another way to win ugly

Notre Dame's victory over Brigham Young lacked the drama of the goal-line stand against Stanford, the defensive domination the Fighting Irish showed against Michigan and the excitement of their last-minute win over Purdue. Yet just like in those three other games, the Irish found a way to win a close game, beating BYU 17-14 to move to 7-0 for the 25th time in school history...

Notre Dame Football: Fighting Irish Expect Tommy Rees To Start Vs. BYU, Everett Golson Could Still Play

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will hope to avoid a trap game against the BYU Cougars today, and they will look to do so with Tommy Rees as the team’s starting quarterback. With Everett Golson having suffered a concussion in last week’s big win against the Stanford Cardinal, Rees is expected to get the start this afternoon. Golson was unable to practice until Wednesday, but he...

Victory: Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

Notre Dame survived a very tough game and kept its record a perfect 7-0 after the Irish beat BYU 17-14. There was a lot of talk this past week about the possibility of Notre Dame falling in this "trap" game. It certainly looked that way for most of the game as the offense sputtered, and made a lot of mental errors,and Kyle Brindza missed two field goals while the defense...

In depth look at BYU opponent Notre Dame

With the Brigham Young Cougars travelling to Notre Dame this week, BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL had the special privilege to swap notes with The Unofficial Home of Notre Dame. Below is an in depth look at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish offense, defense, and special teams provided by A final analysis and score prediction is also included. Note: To read BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL's...

All Notre Dame needs to do is win

After weeks of debating the critics and supporters still can not come to a conclusion on Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish were victorious on Saturday rallying late to defeat BYU. To supporters the win was validation that Notre Dame is deserving of a high ranking in the college football polls. To critics of the program it was proof that Notre Dame is not a top team yet. The Irish defeated...

Notre Dame Football Players Show Off Skills in Unique Off-Field Tradition (Video)

College football is home to some of the most unique and entertaining traditions in all of sports, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have taken tradition to a whole new level. "Trick shot Monday" is an event that happens every week in the Irish locker room and it's much more than just a ping pong ball in a cup of water. Believed to be a relaxing moment...

Kelly Q&A: BYU Wrap

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly spoke to the media for an extended period today. Among the topics discussed: Golson's final tests on Monday, Oklahoma's balance and "Bell-Dozer package in the red zone," Bob Diaco's influence and evolution, and poor usage of a Twitter account by a freshman...

Video: Martin Brings Experience

The Notre Dame basketball team returns all five starters from last year's squad including sixth year guard Scott Martin. Martin knows this has experience in its favor, but these players need to finish strong and avoid another early tournament exit. He shares his thoughts and expectations for the upcoming season and more right here.

More of the Same?

It's been awhile since Notre Dame's offense pulled its weight vs. a defense with a pulse -- Brian Kelly and his crew will get their chance Saturday vs. a statistically impressive defense from Brigham Young.

The Legends Poll Top 25: College Football Week 8

After a second straight win over a ranked SEC opponent, LSU moved past Notre Dame to take over the No. 5 spot in the Legends Poll.   Following...

Depth Chart: Irish Offense

Updated depth chart and notes for each position for Notre Dame's offense heading into Saturday's matchup with Brigham Young.

Irish running game steps up in win

Theo Riddick pounded his way for a career-high 143 yards and Cierre Wood added 114 yards as fifth-ranked Notre Dame overpowered a Brigham Young defense that entered the game third in the nation against the run, earning a 17-14 victory on Saturday. Riddick had runs of 55 and 27, the two longest rushes of his career, to pace Notre Dame (7-0), which is off to its best start in a decade...
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