The Notre Dame Fighting Irish played just well enough to grab the win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Frankly, the Irish looked like they didn’t want to be there.
Maybe they heard that BB&T Stadium was the smallest venue to host a Notre Dame football game in over 60 years; maybe they were reveling in a false sense of security after pummelling Navy last week.
Who knows why, but Notre Dame clearly didn’t play up to its capability.
A positive-minded observer might take heart in the fact that the Irish were able to win without their best stuff, but for Brian Kelly, just winning can’t be enough.
For a coach trying to rebuild a football program, the process is just as important as the results.