Brian Kelly moving past Georgia loss to focus on B.C.
Notre Dame football dealt with its first taste of adversity in 2017, falling to Georgia 20-19 on Saturday. Though Brian Kelly was noticeably upset following the loss, he says the Irish have found some positives in the days since.
While many will focus the sack-fumble of Brandon Wimbush which closed the door, Kelly said there are bound to be several plays that could have swung the balance in a one-point game.
"We had plenty of opportunities to score enough points to win the game through play calling," he said of the job done by new offensive coordinator Chip Long.
Though there was some disappointment in that aspect, Kelly said there is no one place to put all of the blame, whether on play-calling or execution.
"I think we walk away as a group, as a group meaning players and coaches alike, that maybe one more good play call, maybe one more good play, and I think we win the game."
Kelly also said that the best remedy after a loss is to get back to work and focus on the next game. The Irish now have that chance on Saturday against Boston College, a game with a bit of history.
Notre Dame and Boston College are the only two Catholic schools who play at the FBS level, the highest in college football. Saturday will mark the 24th meeting between the Irish and the Eagles. The last time they met, Notre Dame won a contest which took place at Fenway Park in Boston.
Despite the loss against nationally-ranked Georgia preceding a sort of rivalry game, Kelly said his team has the mindset that each game should be approached the same way.
"It's really about developing a mindset in your program that this is about dominating your opponent regardless of who it is," he said. "It's okay to know the history ... who Boston College is, the respect that you have for them, how they play Notre Dame. But really this is about having [the right] mindset going into this football game."
Kelly insisted that that mindset will be necessary because Boston College always plays the Irish tough, despite Notre Dame having won the past five matchups.
Saturday's game was originally scheduled for noon, but will now take place at 3:30 p.m. in Chesnut Hill, Mass.