What we learned from Notre Dame, Week 12

November, 22, 2009
11/22/09
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What we learned from Notre Dame in its 33-30 double-overtime loss to Connecticut on Saturday:

1. It's time for Charlie Weis to go: The Notre Dame players clearly have affection for their head coach, as evidenced by Saturday's pregame gesture in which they entered the field locked arm-in-arm with Weis. But even more clearly, the Weis era is over. Too many losses to teams like Navy, Syracuse and Connecticut have sealed his fate, and it's time to begin the search for a new coach.

2. The Irish may have to settle for a bad bowl: A loss to Stanford this week seems predestined. That would make Notre Dame 6-6, and the Gator Bowl would be out of the picture. Somebody somewhere would find a way to take the Irish, but who would want to watch a team on a four-game losing streak and lame-duck coach?

3. Stopping -- and starting -- the run have been the downfall: UConn's beefy offensive line simply wore down the Notre Dame defensive front, as the Huskies had no other plan besides running the ball with Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman late in the game. They produced more than 5 yards per carry. On the other side, though, Armando Allen managed a 100-yard game, the Irish averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and had no power running game to rely on when they got down to the goal line. Those are big reasons why this team is no better than 6-5.

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