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