Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 9, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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murphy's Law dan murphy N A Long Road To A Coaching Milestone umber 200 won't go down among the most memorable of wins in Brian Kelly's coaching career. Notre Dame launched itself into the 2013 season with 14 points in its first six plays of the year. Then the Irish coasted to a 28-6 victory over an outmatched Temple team Saturday in South Bend. It was a check-the-boxes, matter-of-fact win — the type of performance that has to be commonplace for a coach to average 8.7 victories per season over the course of his 23 years on a college football sideline. It wasn't that much different, in fact, than Kelly's first win with Grand Valley State against St. Joseph's College, a Division II school 100 miles and a lifetime of coaching away from Notre Dame's campus. Jack Hull, the quarterback of that Grand Valley team, only remembered that they were trying to stay intact for a meeting the following weekend with the defending national champions, North Dakota State. "There was nothing spectacular about that game," said Hull, who surprised Kelly in the Irish locker room after this Saturday's win to present his former coach with the game ball. Hull broke his non-throwing hand in the second quarter of that next game, but returned to lead a comeback and snap North Dakota State's streak of 25 straight home wins. It was Kelly's With the victory over Temple, Brian Kelly became the second youngest head coach to reach 200 career wins in college football. photo by bill panzica second victory and the first of many games when he and his teams rose to meet the moment. GVS finished 9-3 that season while weathering the challenges that come with building a young program. Hull

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