Notre Dame football: Irish know who they are — a team that grinds out wins
"It's our identity and what we do. There were some opportunities we probably could have thrown the ball and didn't need to take advantage of it at this point. But again, that's how we are playing the game now."
Nothing wrong with that. An identity is an essential part of the evolution process for a team. A premise. A foundation.
The Irish defense, in the first half especially, didn't escape without blame.
"We let the ball outside (of the perimeter) for a first time in a long time," Kelly said. "We had some untimely penalties."
"We had some mental errors," Lewis-Moore said. "Nobody was yelling at each other. We made some mistakes and we fixed them."
While pitching a second-half shutout, the Irish allowed BYU just 115 total yards.
Amid the good and the bad, reality is the most encouraging by-product of Saturday's victory. The Irish haven't fooled themselves into a false sense of swagger heading to Oklahoma. Work will get its proper attention and focus.
Remember, it's "go" time.
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