So it wasn't just poor execution in the fourth quarter. This was purposefully designed to run out the clock.
"In the fourth quarter, we didn't execute as well, but a little bit of—we ran more of our kill-the-clock offense and didn't show as much," Rodriguez said. "We still were trying to score, but the execution wasn't quite as sharp."
Rodriguez also made clear at his Monday presser that he adopted this strategy, in part, in order to not tip his offensive hand to Notre Dame.
"I think they saw quite a bit in the first half anyway, but there was no need to show anything special or anything like that at the end of the game," Rodriguez said.
Should be interesting to see what tricks the godfather of the spread has up his sleeve.