If Notre Dame's players want to join their fans in moaning about the apparent play-clock issue on Michigan State's game-winning touchdown off a fake field goal in overtime Saturday night, Brian Kelly's message was pretty clear Sunday: Look at yourselves.
Television replays showed the play clock at :00 as the ball was snapped on the fateful play, with holder Aaron Bates totally fooled Notre Dame by throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to tight end Charlie Gantt for a 34-31 victory in East Lansing.
But Kelly wasn't about to add fuel to the controversy.
''We're splitting hairs on what happened [on the final play],'' Kelly said. ''Could there have been zero [seconds on the play clock]? Yeah, that's possible. But I didn't spend much time thinking or complaining about that.
''We have to defend the ball, that's what my focus is on. We had a chance to defend the play. We didn't defend the play. Regardless of what may or may not be the case, this is still about what happened on the field.''