MICHIGAN STATE: The Spartans record streak of being ranked will stretch to 45 straight weeks, dating back to October 27, 2013 with the win over the Irish and they are likely to move up in the AP poll. Both teams have something to prove.
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The play calling nearly allowed the game to get to overtime and at that point, I'm not sure MSU would've won the game. "So, that remains to be seen", he said.
"We missed the tackles, and those are our guys that are going to be out there next week against Duke, and they're going to have to make some tackles the following week against the next opposition", he said.
It's not all doom-and-gloom for Notre Dame on defense.
"That's the big thing we're working on for this week".
Fifty years ago, Michigan State and Notre Dame played to a tie.
"Everybody's been saying physical, physical, physical", he said.
Kelly remains optimistic that the Irish will improve. "This is not UFC", he said. "We've got to coach better, we've got to teach better, we've got to communicate better and we've got to put our kids in a position where they're able to execute what we ask them to execute".
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Angry Notre Dame fans came out on social media following the Irish's 36-28 loss to Michigan State on Saturday night.
Could the Spartans ice the game with a long drive? Regardless of the odds, the opposition, the venue, or the time left on the clock, Dantonio's crew is always a threat.
"This is everywhere, and this is on me", Kelly said.
Third-year defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is under fire once again, and a day after a 36-28 loss to Michigan State in which the defense allowed 501 yards, Kelly went to bat for his much maligned DC. The Spartans come in at 1-0 and are ranked No. 12 in the AP Poll after beating Furman in week one and not playing last Saturday.
"That's not even part of the conversation", Kelly said.
Last season, Notre Dame tight ends had a combined 20 receptions, the fewest in a season for the Irish since the tight ends had eight in 2001. Big catch in the end zone, pulling it away from a guy, and big catch at the end of the game where he's got to adjust to an underthrown ball. They've got other chances to stay in the postseason discussion.
".We're going to be thumb pointers". Then there was the surprising 2-point call after that score, with the visitors taking an early 8-7 lead. That's why doing these Notre Dame games has been wonderful for me. But he can't do it all, and when he was sacked with just more than four minutes remaining, Notre Dame punted with two timeouts remaining and the defense couldn't get off the field. "I saw horizontal separation maybe more than I did vertical separation with Donnie, so I could have put it more outside, but, Donnie likes to go up and get it". "They are for me they are inspirational in a sense that at 90-something years old he takes the time to write me a note and I can read them".
At linebacker, Kelly said Nyles Morgan and James Onwualu at Mike and Sam, respectively, have been "really solid".
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.