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Despite Loss, 2015 Notre Dame Football Season a Success

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When Stanford’s kicker, Conrad Ukropina, lined up for a game-winning 45-yard field goal attempt, Notre Dame fans everywhere held their breath, hoping the season-long dream of a national championship wouldn’t come to an end. And make no mistake – a run at a national title was the goal heading into 2015, with head coach Brian Kelly boasting the most talented roster South Bend had seen since 1993. But Irish fans, closing their eyes in dismay as Ukropina’s kick stayed true and sealed the game for Stanford, failed to realize Notre Dame’s playoff chances had been extinguished in Stillwater, Oklahoma, well ...

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Notre Dame Earns Pyrrhic Victory at Fenway

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Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer dropped back in the pocket, planted his foot and unleashed a beautiful 40-yard pass to star wide receiver Will Fuller, who had blown past his coverage and was streaking free down the sideline. Leading 19-9 late in the game, Notre Dame was primed to put the finishing touches on the Boston College Eagles and capture some much needed style points in the process. Instead, in a turn of events that has mirrored Notre Dame’s season all too well, Fuller lost focus and let the ball get into his body – a reoccurring mistake wide receivers ...

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Notre Dame Trudges on to 9-1 Record

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB

Move along, because there’s nothing to see here. The average college football fan looking at final results from this past weekend’s games will see the 28-7 score alongside Notre Dame and Wake Forest’s names and will quickly move on to other contests, thinking little more than Notre Dame handled its business against a lesser opponent. And that’s exactly what head coach Brian Kelly’s team did. Sure, it wasn’t pretty. The offensive line had its worst performance of the season. Minus a 98-yard touchdown by true freshman running back Josh Adams – the longest in Notre Dame Stadium’s history – the ...

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Notre Dame Sets Stage for Stanford Showdown

Notre Dame Football

It’s time to talk Stanford. It’s understandable why someone might feel such a move a tad presumptuous – after all, Notre Dame still has two contests remaining before making the long trek to Palo Alto, and head coach Brian Kelly would be the first person to admonish any effort to look beyond the next game. But realistically, Notre Dame will be playing for a playoff berth when kicking off against the Stanford Cardinal in just a few short weeks. Wake Forest is 3-6 and boasts one of the most anemic offenses in the nation, ranking No. 116 in scoring offense ...

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Notre Dame Mired by Inconsistency

Deshone Kizer - Fumble vs. Temple

Each football season brings with it a new identity for every team.  Ohio State, the defending national champions, had the luxury of three quarterbacks capable of starting for seemingly any program in the country last season.  Fast-forward several months and the Buckeyes have been plagued by inefficiency at what appeared to be a position of strength with the very same players. For Notre Dame, two-thirds of the way through the 2015 season, the identity is one of inconsistency that has surfaced on a nearly weekly basis. Head coach Brian Kelly’s team jumped to a 14-0 lead over Massachusetts in what ...

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Notre Dame Football’s 2015 Midseason MVPs

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB

Notre Dame is 6-1 and currently sits at No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll, and while head coach Brian Kelly’s team has feisty opponents remaining on the schedule, the most difficult part has passed. And Notre Dame has been able to keep their playoff hopes alive thanks to the outstanding play of five midseason MVPs, both individual and collective. 5. Justin Yoon Pressure is inherent for starting true freshmen. That pressure amplifies when your head coach calls you the best at your position in the nation before you’ve even arrived to campus. Such was the case for Justin ...

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Notre Dame A Tale of Two Defenses

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Notre Dame fans had every reason to be concerned about the USC Trojans heading into last Saturday’s prime time matchup at Notre Dame Stadium. Yes, the Trojans were coming off a loss to Washington in which their offense looked impotent, but the Huskies were able to stymie USC quarterback Cody Kessler by generating pressure with a minimal pass rush, a blueprint Notre Dame could not duplicate with its limited ability to rush the passer. And yes, USC was enduring arguably one of the worst public relations disasters in NCAA history with the firing of head coach Steve Sarkisian after allegations ...

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2015 Notre Dame Football Schedule Breakdown – Part II

Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Tarean Folston (25) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Northwestern Wildcats at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

UHND begins the second installment of its three-part series predicting Notre Dame’s season. Last week Notre Dame’s first four games were previewed, with the Fighting Irish exiting the month of September with a 3-1 record after victories over Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts, as well as a difficult defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech. How will Notre Dame fare with the meat of its schedule in October? Notre Dame at Clemson Notre Dame’s trip to Death Valley has been one of the most hyped matchups since the announcement of the affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Fighting Irish and ...

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