Kelly: 'We've got to put blinders on'

Bob Wieneke


Coming off his first regular-season loss since November, 2011, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly is anxious for his team to return to action.

"Any time you lose," Kelly said Tuesday at his weekly press conference, "you want to get back on the field."

That comes Saturday night when the 1-1 and 21st-ranked Irish travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on 1-1 and unranked Purdue.

With the Boilermakers struggling so far -- they lost 42-7 at Cincinnati and scored just one offensive touchdown in a 20-14 win over Indiana State -- Kelly was asked Tuesday about the possibility of a letdown.

"They just lost," Kelly said. "We've got our own work to take care of. We've got to put blinders on."

The Irish dropped a 41-30 decision at Michigan last Saturday. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes and ran for another.

"Obviously there are a lot of things we have to get better at," Kelly said. "We'll have to do a better job this week in our preparation."

Notre Dame posted a 20-17 victory in South Bend last year when Kyle Brindza kicked a 27-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. Saturday's game kicks off at 8:12 p.m. (Eastern) and will air nationally on ABC.

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly talks with officials following a pass interference call against the Irish Saturday at Michigan.SBT Photo/JAMES BROSHER