No. 9 Irish ride Jones’ 176 yards to 30-27 victory over USC
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 9 Notre Dame survived upset-minded Southern California by staying grounded in chilly Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night.
USC’s Helton under microscope heading to No. 9 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly of No. 9 Notre Dame knows a little how his Southern California counterpart Clay Helton might feel as their teams prepare for their 91st meeting Saturday...
Old rivals meet when USC comes calling at No. 9 Notre Dame
Southern California (3-2) at No. 9 Notre Dame (4-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (NBC)/
Book throws 5 TDs as No. 9 Notre Dame routs Bowling Green
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — With Southern California on the horizon for No. 9 Notre Dame, Brian Kelly wanted his team to show explosiveness against Bowling Green on Saturday.
No. 9 Irish seek more decisive Book against Bowling Green
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes Ian Book needs to be more decisive if the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish are going to find their identity on offense.
No. 9 Irish look for offensive consistency versus Falcons
Bowling Green (1-3) at No. 9 Notre Dame (3-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (NBC).
LB Drew White emerges as leader for Notre Dame defense
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Maybe it was the injuries. Or the lightweight recruiting profile. Or maybe it was playing at one of the deepest positions at Notre Dame.
No. 10 Notre Dame puts playoff hopes up vs No. 18 Virginia
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — There is no margin for error now for No. 10 Notre Dame.
Coming off a 23-17 loss at No. 3 Georgia that silenced many doubters, the Fighting Irish (2-1) find themselves...
No. 10 Irish seek rebound from loss against No. 18 Virginia
No. 18 Virginia (4-0) at No. 10 Notre Dame (2-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (NBC).
Virginia-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s Week 5
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 5:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (4-0) will try to do something no Atlantic...
TE Cole Kmet returns, big game a plus for No. 10 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — When it came time for tight end Cole Kmet's season debut, Notre Dame skipped the hors d'oeuvres.
"We put him right in the frying pan," coach Brian Kelly...
Notre Dame loses another big game but gains some respect
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — As the Notre Dame players trudged off the field, they received appreciative cheers from the Georgia fans at Sanford Stadium.
Winding path firms up for Notre Dame RB Avery Davis
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Avery Davis has become a case study in perseverance, always wanting to help his team yet never in one place long enough to get a chance.
Kelly and No. 7 Irish look forward to trip to No. 3 Georgia
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly sensed his No. 7 Notre Dame team had a little extra bounce in its step Sunday morning and it wasn't because of its 66-14 victory over New Mexico 16 hours...
Book throws for 5 TDs as No. 7 Notre Dame routs New Mexico
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book and No. 7 Notre Dame got some kinks out Saturday against New Mexico and now have No. 3 Georgia on their minds.
Kelly makes point with No. 7 Irish before New Mexico visit
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly decided to be proactive before No. 7 Notre Dame gets more than a wakeup call.
After viewing film of his team's lackluster 35-17 victory at Louisville and...
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Fox has gotten into the pregame show game with Urban Meyer highlighting a lineup filled with big names.
How has the "Big Noon Kick Off" done in the early going as it tries to challenge...
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Jones eager to show he’s up to being Notre Dame’s top back
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Tony Jones Jr. is in no position to demand the football. It is not his nature, either.
It may finally be time for Notre Dame to make the patient senior its featured...
Kelly defends Book as No. 7 Irish get physical in bye week
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A week after the lackluster, season-opening 35-17 victory at Louisville, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wasn't going to pile on his team and, specifically, senior quarterback...
Silver lining: No. 8 Notre Dame youth got time vs Louisville
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — There are some questions marks for No. 8 Notre Dame after a somewhat lackluster showing on the road to open the season, even if it ended with a 35-17 win over...
No. 9 Notre Dame pulls away from Louisville 35-17
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Briefly caught off guard by Louisville's intensity, Notre Dame turned up its energy as well to take control with big plays.
Irish hope to ride Book’s arm to second straight CFP berth
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — For Notre Dame to reach its second straight College Football Playoff, it may have to run the table behind quarterback Ian Book.
Kelly, Notre Dame ready to wash out taste of playoff loss
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame's latest run at a national title under coach Brian Kelly ended with another rude awakening.
"We got a taste of what it's like to be in the playoffs," said...
Book it! Kelly, Irish like what they’ve seen in returning QB
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book came into spring practice with the idea of being out of his comfort zone.
At a school that has produced its share of legendary quarterbacks, the 6-foot,...
Linebacking corps still a question for Kelly, Lea, Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Nine sessions into spring practice, coach Brian Kelly has an idea how his depth chart is settling in at running back, wide receiver and cornerback.
Kelly’s Irish resume climb for first title since 1988
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — In two of his nine previous seasons at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have had a legitimate shot at the national championship and fallen short.
Cotton Bowl: Can Notre Dame measure up to No. 2 Clemson?
DALLAS (AP) — The question was about sustaining high-level success in college football and Dabo Swinney's answer lasted 3 minutes, 40 seconds. Brevity is not the Clemson coach's strong suit.
Swinney talked about how people make the program, continuity leads to consistency, and how it can't just be about the results on the scoreboard.
Notre Dame’s Kelly wins Dodd Trophy as coach of the year
ATLANTA (AP) — Notre Dame's Brian Kelly has won the Dodd Trophy as coach of the year.
Kelly also was honored as The Associated Press Coach of the Year this month.
He has guided the No. 3 Fighting Irish to a 12-0 season and a chance to compete for the national championship. Notre Dame faces No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl playoff semifinal on Saturday.
Notre Dame’s Kelly announces 23-player class
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced a 23-player recruiting class Wednesday and said it filled a lot of his program's needs, no matter how the Fighting Irish fare in the College Football Playoff.
"Offensive line and defensive line (were) really the immediate focus," Kelly said. "We were looking for length and athleticism on defense, and then, from an offensive standpoint, continue to build speed on the perimeter."
AP Coach of the Year: Notre Dame’s Kelly wins for 2nd time
Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998.
Kelly received 16 of 58 first-place votes from AP college football poll voters and 81 total points. Alabama's Nick Saban was second with 16 first-place votes and 66 points and Central Florida first-year coach Josh Heupel was third with 33 points (five first-place votes).
Heupel, Kelly, Saban are finalists for AP coach of year
UCF's Josh Heupel, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Alabama's Nick Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly favors expanding CFP to 8 teams
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — If it's any consolation to Ohio State, Washington, Georgia and UCF, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly feels their pain — somewhat — of not being in the College Football Playoff.
"We're forcing out a conference champion," Kelly said Saturday before the No. 3 Irish went through their first post-finals workout for the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl against No. 2 Clemson (13-0) in a CFP semifinal.
Kelly relishes Irish role as playoff ‘new kids on the block’
ATLANTA (AP) — Sitting beside Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Dabo Swinney at a gathering of the College Football Playoff coaches, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly referred to his team as "the new kids on the block."
The description fit. Saban has guided No. 1 Alabama, the defending champion, to its fifth straight playoff. Swinney and Clemson are making their fourth straight appearance. Riley's Oklahoma team is in the playoff for the third time in four years.
Notre Dame’s faith in Kelly rewarded with 12-0 season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two years ago, Notre Dame left the LA Memorial Coliseum with its program at a crossroads following a 4-8 season. Even though most thought coach Brian Kelly was on the hot seat, athletic director Jack Swarbrick had confidence that Kelly could turn things around.
Tranquill leads No. 3 Notre Dame to cusp of playoff berth
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The rectangular medal with the Notre Dame leprechaun etched on it along with the inscription "Effort Toughness Leadership Commitment" is on a chain around the neck of 65-year-old Keith Penrod, a gift from linebacker Drue Tranquill.
Penrod, familiar to many fans for his lifelong devotion to Notre Dame athletics, has battled cerebral palsy since birth but has also recently been rehabbing a broken ankle that has kept him away the team and players he loves.
No. 3 Notre Dame slams Syracuse 36-3 at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK (AP) — The band was an Aaron Judge moon shot away from the field, way up in the right-field bleachers of Yankee Stadium.
Still, the Fighting Irish lined up in the end zone/outfield and sang the alma mater — just as they would have at Notre Dame Stadium — after dispatching No. 12 Syracuse and putting themselves a step away from the College Football Playoff.
No. 3 Irish plan to start QB Book against No. 12 Syracuse
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book should be back as the No. 1 quarterback for No. 3 Notre Dame this week.
Coach Brian Kelly said Sunday that Book, who missed Notre Dame's victory against Florida State on Saturday night with an upper body injury, is expected to practice Tuesday. If there are no setbacks, Book will reclaim his starting spot over Brandon Wimbush, Kelly said.
Backup QB Wimbush, defense help No. 3 Irish dominate FSU
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — On Senior Night at frosty Notre Dame Stadium, coach Brian Kelly couldn't have been happier for senior quarterback Brandon Wimbush in No. 3 Notre Dame's 42-13 victory over Florida State.
"Brandon wants to win for Notre Dame, for his teammates," Kelly said after the senior backup threw three first-half touchdowns and fellow senior Dexter Williams ran for a career-high 202 yards while the Irish (10-0, No. 3 CFP) took advantage of two first-quarter turnovers by the Seminoles
Teammates support Wimbush as No. 3 Irish welcome Seminoles
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Sam Mustipher gets to run out of the home tunnel one final time for No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday night against Florida State.
The graduate center just never thought he'd be snapping the ball to senior Brandon Wimbush again.
With Ian Book nursing an injury, Wimbush is expected to be the starting quarterback when the Fighting Irish (9-0, No. 3 CFP) face the Seminoles (4-5).
AP sources: Notre Dame QB Wimbush to start for ailing Book
No. 3 Notre Dame is turning back to Brandon Wimbush to keep the Fighting Irish unbeaten.
Wimbush will start at quarterback against Florida State on Saturday, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press, because Ian Book is nursing an upper body injury,
Irish coach Brian Kelly told reporters at his post-practice Thursday news conference that Book had been limited at practice with an upper body injury and who starts would be game-time decision. Kelly called Book day-to-day.
No. 3 Notre Dame renews rivalry with Florida State
Florida State (4-5) at No. 3 Notre Dame (9-0, No. 3 CFP), 7:30 p.m. EST (NBC).
No. 3 Notre Dame faces struggling Navy in a Navy town
No. 3 Notre Dame (7-0) vs. Navy (2-5) at San Diego, 8 p.m. ET (CBS).
Book, Boykin bail out No. 5 Notre Dame in 19-14 win vs Pitt
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Wide receiver Miles Boykin had a message for quarterback Ian Book after No. 5 Notre Dame remained unbeaten, coming from behind and then holding off Pittsburgh.
"I told him winning is fun, but let's not win like this again," the 6-foot-4 Boykin said after he caught the game-winning, 35-yard touchdown pass from Book with 5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday to secure the 19-14 win.
Pitt faces tall task against No. 5 Notre Dame’s ‘Sequoias’
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Wide receiver Miles Boykin is usually the tallest guy in a classroom at Notre Dame. The Irish offensive huddle is another matter.
"Once we had Chase (Claypool), Cole (Kmet), Alizé (Mack) and me, and I'm the smallest receiver out there on the field," said the 6-foot-4, 228-pound senior wideout, one of the shortest of six Notre Dame receivers and tight ends.
No. 5 Notre Dame knocking on the door for playoff berth
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly has learned to adapt over the years, even when it comes to the postgame music played in the Notre Dame locker room.
"As long as they do their job, I have no problem with having to listen to music that I'm not familiar with and routines that are a little bit different," said Kelly, whose musical tastes stop and end with Bruce Springsteen more than Jay-Z, Beyonce, Drake and Travis Scott.
Return of TB Williams brings big plays to No. 5 Notre Dame
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Dexter Williams' first rushing attempt of the season went for 45 yards and a touchdown, and the Notre Dame senior who teammates call "Juiceman" has hardly stopped running since.
Williams was at it again at Virginia Tech, ripping off a 97-yard run among three touchdowns and carving up what was the nation's fourth-best defense against the run for 178 yards on 17 carries Saturday night.
No. 6 Irish expecting raucous environment at No. 24 Hokies
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is already tired of "Enter Sandman," the Metallica song that plays such a major role in the way No. 24 Virginia Tech stirs up its fans for the start of football games at Lane Stadium.
The sixth-ranked Fighting Irish will get to experience the atmosphere firsthand on Saturday night.
"I can't wait to hear it one more time because it means we've started the game," Kelly said. The Fighting Irish practiced this week with noise approaching the decibels of a jet engine.
No. 6 Irish add noise to prep for visit to No. 24 Hokies
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It is a little noisy this week around the Notre Dame campus, and it has nothing to do with the undefeated start by the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish.
It has everything to do with their first visit ever to Virginia Tech, where the 24th-ranked Hokies will enjoy the advantage of playing in a packed and deafening Lane Stadium after running onto the field to Metallica's "Enter Sandman."
Dominating defense is backbone for No. 6 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Even as Notre Dame's offense has blossomed in recent weeks, the strength of the Fighting Irish is clear to their coach.
"I don't know if they get enough credit for who they are as a defense," Brian Kelly said after Saturday night's 38-17 victory over Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium.