Blue and Gold Illustrated

January 2014 Issue

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

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in the trenches andrew owens Just Win The Game Fifth-year senior captain Zack Martin and the rest of the Irish seniors hope to close out their Notre Dame careers with a victory. U nless a team qualifies for one of the coveted BCS bowls or one of the few elite non-BCS games, this question is inevitably proposed each December: Should the priority be to win the game or to focus on developing the younger players? In Notre Dame's case, in the leadup to the Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 28, the photo courtesy notre dame media relations answer should be an obvious one. It should do everything to win the game. This senior class has recorded more wins (36) than any other since 1995. Head coach Brian Kelly owes it to them to finish strong against Rutgers rather than use the bowl preparation as a preamble to the 2014 season. "It's another chance to go out and

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