Notre Dame Wins 2 Games In a Row, Despite Pitt, The Referrees and Themselves

Michael McCormickContributor IOctober 12, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish get ready during warm-ups to play the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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First of all, I am extremely happy that Notre Dame has defeated both Boston College and Pitt. I cannot remember when the last time that has happened. I am even more pleased that Notre Dame did not turn the ball over. This was developing into a major issue. Now Western Michigan is coming to play at Notre Dame. I will be extremely disappointed if Notre Dame does not score at least forty points on Saturday.

Next, I want to examine what Notre Dame did to hurt themselves this game. This is another issue that Coach Kelly needs to correct. I witnessed several missed tackles and one blown coverage. I also witnessed several dropped passes. My father generally reminds me that these are college students playing the game. We fans have to expect that some errors will be made. We fans just hope, as in this game, that Notre Dame can overcome these errors. Mr. Crist also missed a couple throws. Mr. Floyd should have had two more touchdowns in this game. One missed chance was caused by two errant throws by D. Crist on two consecutive plays. To be fair to Mr. Crist, the first missed throw may have been Mr. Floyd's fault. The second missed chance was the fault of the referees.

Again, we have the problem that the referees only look at Notre Dame in the game. They called two penalties which killed two Notre Dame drives. The referees also ignored a blatant spike in the end zone which should have resulted in a safety. Pitt was not called for any holding calls. That is my biggest pet peeve. Every team holds on every play. There are no exceptions. There is no legitimate reason for the referees to continuously call Notre Dame for holding and ignore the other team. This is more even more heinous when people consider the nit picking "roughing" the passer call and the "pick" called on Notre Dame. I just hope that someone somewhere can hold these officials accountable for their continuous attempts to aid Notre Dame opponents. This game is not an isolated instance.

The Pitt Panthers game into the game with a great running attack. The Pitt quarter-back was not experienced, but reportedly has great potential. The Notre Dame defense was up to the challenge in the fourth quarter. This is an important win for Notre Dame. Notre Dame was able to avoid turnovers and overcome adversity. Now Notre Dame needs to dominate Western Michigan on the next step on the road to BCS land.