Notre Dame's chance to go to back-to-back BCS bowl games for the first time since the 2005-06 seasons is gone because it made too many mistakes against what had been a .500 team.
The Fighting Irish (7-3) might have been able to overcome the two interceptions thrown by Tommy Rees against Pittsburgh (5-4) on Saturday, including one into the end zone. Or giving up a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Street. Or failing to even attempt to pick up a loose fumble that might have gone for a touchdown.
But they couldn't overcome all those mistakes in losing 28-21 to the Panthers.
''All losses are disappointing losses, but that was especially disappointing in the way we played and coached,'' Kelly said after the game Saturday.
Kelly didn't hold his usual Sunday teleconference because of the lateness of the game and because the Irish have an off week before playing BYU on Nov. 23. Kelly said squandering an opportunity to get to a BCS game wasn't his biggest concern.
''I think what I'm most ...