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Gray, Wood proving interchangeable

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Jonas Gray was supposed to be the power running to replace bruising Robert Hughes but he outran the Pittsburgh defense during a 79-yard touchdown run. Cierre Wood is supposed to be the threat on the outside but it was the speedster who converted three short-yardage situations in a 15-12 win at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

"Both of them are capable of doing the things that we need the backs to do," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "We can't call plays that are just designed for getting Cierre on the perimeter or Jonas up inside.  We have to be able to run our offense and not know what back is in the game. 

"Now if it's a freshman or somebody else, we'll be more careful with the calls but those guys have got to be in there no matter what we call."

Gray ripped off the longest Notre Dame run since 2000 on his second carry and only got one more the rest of the game. 

"One is the starter, one is the backup and the starter is going to be in there and if he needs a blow and we feel like there's an opportunity to get the No. 2 back in there, we will," Kelly said. "We have great confidence in Jonas to go in there. But Cierre is going to get the lion's share of the work." 

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