2013 Notre Dame Football
Here are the positives for the matchup between Notre Dame and Stanford. The Irish fell to the 8th ranked Cardinal, 27-20, on Saturday night
Notre Dame Matches Its Competition
This may also be a negative but Notre Dame always matches its competition under Brian Kelly. Only once has Notre Dame been completely outmatched by their opponent (National Title Game). Sometimes the Irish play down to their competition. But, going into a game, Notre Dame fans can be confident that they probably will not get blown out.
Brian Kelly Stayed Committed to the Run
Deep into the game, the Irish stayed committed to the run despite being down. Following Notre Dame’s score with 7:51 in the 3rd Quarter, Notre Dame had thrown the ball 21 times while running it 18 times. This allowed Notre Dame to be more creative and less predictable. It also allowed the Irish to keep Tommy Rees relatively clean. In the fourth quarter, the Irish got away from the run slightly. But, this was necessary and not because of a pass happy coach.