Chicago Sun-Times
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Third-down failures costly for Irish

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The Notre Dame offense failed on three third-and-short-yardage situations in the second half of a 35-31 loss to Michigan on Saturday night. On all three occassions, Cierre Wood ran up the middle and was dropped for a loss.

"I just want to execute better in 3rd down, whether we throw the ball or run the ball," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "Last year we threw the ball on 3rd and 1 and didn't execute. You've got to run the ball on third and 1. This year we ran the ball on third and 1 and we should throw the ball. I don't get into that. I get into the execution of third and short. We didn't execute well enough in those third-and-short situations, whether it's a run or a pass. 

"Believe me, there's nobody that's more conscious of third and 1 to 3. We practice it three times in our three days that we're out there. We just have to execute better in those situations." 

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