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Notre Dame's Kelly stands by Brindza after rough day

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Sunday that his offense needs to stop settling for field goals after getting bogged down in opponents' territory.

But the Irish need to actually make those field goals when they are attempted, too.

Kyle Brindza, who entered Saturday's game against BYU 10-of-12 this season, missed his first two attempts. The first was a 40-yarder wide left on the Irish's opening drive. The second was a 28-yard chip shot late in the second quarter that could have cut BYU's lead to 14-10 heading into the locker room. The latter miss wasted an energizing 27-yard run by Theo Riddick on which he dragged seemingly half the BYU defense on his back.

Riddick called his run "irrelevant" because the Irish didn't score any points off of it.

"You've still got to finish," Riddick said.

Kelly said Brindza just had an off day.

"He was just off on his line a little bit," Kelly said. "You know, it's such a skill that you have to be right on. He's got a great makeup. Mentally he's a tough kid. He's not afraid of the big moment. And those are all the things that I'm concerned with the most. And I never saw a crack there at all. He was a little off on his technique, and he knew it, and he'll work hard on it in terms of correcting it this week. He's got the makeup to be a guy that you can keep rolling out there."

Nick Tausch, who handled placekicking duties in the opener against Navy

Kelly acknowledged that Tausch's injury might have been more serious than he originally thought.

"That could be true," Kelly said. "I think any time you have a kicker who is dealing with a muscle injury, especially a hip flexor rotator, you're messing with somebody's routine, technique. He's coming back. He's much stronger kicking the football now. But again, the door was opened for Kyle to go in there, and we're pleased with where we are with him."

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