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Kelly hopes some trends continue

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If too simplistic to claim Notre Dame found the winning formula during Saturday's 31-13 win over 15th-ranked Michigan State, but coach Brian Kelly hopes some of the things his team did well become trends when his team travels to Pittsburgh next week.

"If we can control the line of scrimmage, take care of the football, play better pass coverage, especially at the end of the game, we're probably sitting here with a different record," Kelly said. "First and foremost, control the line of scrimmage, stop the run, have an effective running game. If we can carry that over, get better in those other areas that have popped up in the first few weeks, we should have some pretty good success." 

Players were angry last week after giving away the first two games of the season, which is also something else Kelly would like his team to maintain moving forward.

"They're not going to forget the fact that they've let two games slip away," he said. "I'm hoping that the mentality that they carried with them to practice this week is one that stays with them the rest of the season because you're absolutely right, you want that feeling of: We're not going to let this happen again, enough is enough.

"Yeah, if there's one thing I'd like to see it's for our guys to have that 'enough is enough' mentality the rest of the year. If that's what they do, that's a good place to be."

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