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Brindza "shaking" Kelly's confidence with missed kicks

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Notre Dame fans couldn't have felt terribly comfortable when Kyle Brindza lined up for a 44-yard field goal with the Irish clinging to a precarious 10-6 lead early in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma on Saturday night. The opening drive of the third quarter ended with Brindza pulling a 35-yarder wide left, leaving that same 10-6 score. This, one week after Brindza missed two field-goal attempts in a narrow 17-14 win over BYU.

But Brindza came up big, going from goat to hero with the big 44-yarder, then a huge 46-yarder late in the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game at 23-13.

"I told him on the sideline, 'I'm proud of the way you hung in there,'" Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "Some may have hung their head, but he bounced back and came back strong for us."

That said, Kelly made it clear to Brindza that the sophomore needs to be more reliable, as he was when he made 10-of-12 kicks in Weeks 2 through 7, after replacing Nick Tausch.

"I said to him, 'I'm proud of you. But you're shaking my confidence. Don't do it anymore," Kelly said. "And he promised that he

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