Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly unveils Blue-Gold game format


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Brian Kelly kicked off Wednesday's press conference by jokingly guaranteeing that Notre Dame will be victorious in Saturday's Blue-Gold game.

But which side of the football will get the better of the glorified scrimmage?

After the offense dominated last year's spring game, Kelly announced on Wednesday that the scoring system will be altered to make it more difficult for the offense to score. Besides touchdowns and field goals, the offense can only score via runs that exceed 20 yards and passes that exceed 25 yards.

The first half will be separated into two 12-minute quarters, while the coaches will turn to a running clock with two 15-minute quarters in the second half.

In the first half, Kelly added, quarterbacks Everett Golson and Malik Zaire will be live.

"Everett and Malik will really get a chance to show themselves and be involved in everything within our game plan and compete,” Kelly said.

When asked why Kelly chose to make his quarterbacks live on Saturday, the sixth-year head coach elaborated.

“I just think both of them are guys that require that element in their game," Kelly said. "We’ll have a quick whistle, and our guys know that we’re not going to take shots at them. If they’re in a compromising situation, we do a pretty good job.

"But both of those guys need to be who they are, and that’s who they are. They are guys that need to move in the pocket and make plays with their feet. They both can run the football, and we want to run them both as well.”

Saturday's Blue-Gold game, which is closed to the public, will be held at the LaBar Practice Complex, kick off at 12:30 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks to players during Notre Dame football practice on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, inside the Loftus Sports Center at Notre Dame in South Bend. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN


- The first half will have two 12-minute quarters with normal clock stoppages.

- The second half will feature two 15-minute quarters with a running clock.

- Clock stoppages will occur only due to injuries or timeouts.

- No play clock

- Offense will wear blue, while defense will wear white


- Each team will be allowed three timeouts per half.


- Halftime will last 15 minutes.


- Quarterbacks will be live in the first half.

- Each possession will begin on the 35-yard line.

- There will not be any kickoffs.

- All punts will be fair caught.

- A scoring point system will determine the winner of the game.

- There will not be an overtime period should the score be tied at the end of regulation.



Touchdown 6 points

Extra Point 1 point

2-point Conversion 2 points

Field Goal 3 points

Big Chunk Pass (25+ yards) 2 points

Big Chunk Run (20+ yards) 2 points


Touchdown 6 points

Turnover Forced Before 50-yard line 4 points

Turnover Forced After 50-yard line 2 points

Defensive Stop Before 50-yard line 2 points

Defensive Stop After 50-yard line 1 points

Safety 2 points

Sack 1 point