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Nov. 16, 2015 Issue

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

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IN THE TRENCHES ANDREW OWENS I t was the storyline surrounding Notre Dame all week. For the past few games, red zone woes had held the Irish back from putting away opponents, most notice- ably in the 24-20 squeaker at Temple Oct. 31. Seven days later, Notre Dame dis- posed of Pittsburgh 42-30 — it was 42-17 at one point — due in large part to the team's improvement within 20 yards of the end zone. Four trips, four touchdowns and a relatively stress-free Saturday after- noon at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. "What we did is we … met as a unit, all 11 and really focused," head coach Brian Kelly said. "We didn't think it was one player [that caused the strug- gles]. As a unit, we wanted them to be more alert and recognize play calls in that area. "A heightened awareness of where we were, when we were making these calls and more of a sense that we had to be more efficient, and spend more time in film study and practice." Notre Dame entered the game with Red Zone Improvement Helps Irish Pull Away Sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer led an Irish offense that managed to score four touchdowns in four red zone opportunities. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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