Notre Dame Upsets #14 Utah, but Still Plenty of Work Left

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The Irish got exactly what they needed on a rainy Saturday afternoon in South Bend.

Facing a Utah team hoping to prove last week was the exception, not the rule, Notre Dame
made a loud statement.  Freshman QB Tommy Rees executed Brian Kelly's
spread effectively, and the defense only allowed three points.
Coming off of two bad losses, including last week's questionable
coaching decision in the final minute, Notre Dame had a lot to prove.

By Brian McCabe

To see a Notre Dame team show up and play with passion, heart and
determination was refreshing for Irish fans.  In seasons past, this team
has fallen apart down the stretch.  Today's win means Notre Dame only
has to win one of its final two games to become bowl eligible.  Bowl
games allow for an extra month of practice, which would be very
beneficial for any team, especially the Irish.

Fans always rush to judgement, and Irish fans throughout the world
are stoked tonight.  It is important to remember that this is one game. 
There are a lot of things to build on, including emerging defensive
stars Manti Te'o and Prince Shembo, but next week is a new game.  The college football world resets.

Consistency has been a hard thing to find for many Irish teams of the
past decade.  One game does not a season make.  Fans can be happy with
the fantastic performance today, but the focus now shifts to Army at
Yankee Stadium next Saturday.  With the game being played at the "House
that Jeter built" there will be a lot of distractions.  Consistency is
found through discipline and focus.  This will never be truer than next
week.

The Irish displayed these great qualities Saturday in South Bend, but
they must repeat this performance again.  The team and its fans cannot
get too high on this victory.

If Notre Dame has taught people anything, it is not to trust them. 
After the decimation against Navy, today is still hard to comprehend,
but the facts are the facts.

Notre Dame beat the 14th-ranked Utah Utes 28-3 in utterly lopsided
victory today.  Irish fans can rejoice tonight, but Army looms large in
seven days.


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