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Red alert

On Thursday, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis was asked for a second time this week what the Irish will do to improve its red zone efficiency after going 2 for 6 in last weekend's loss to Navy. And like on Tuesday, Weis didn't give too much insight.

"We are going to try not turn the ball over twice inside the 5," Weis said. "We are going to try not to fumble on the 1. And we are going to try not to throw an interception inside the 5. That's two of the times in the red zone. If I get it fourth-and-3 in this game, maybe I'll kick the field goal instead of going for it. Then we will try not to miss the one field goal we missed inside the red zone. If we do that, that is probably 17 more points for us and the good guys win.

"We will try our best not to turn the ball over in the red zone this week."

As far as extra work on red zone offense, Weis said the team always spends a lot of time working on that.

"We practice red zone at least Wednesday and Thursday every week," Weis said. "We spend a lot of time on red zone. When we spit the bit like we did last week, I along with you identified that as a problem area. But you have to analyze what the problems were. Once you identify what the problems are, that's when you go through the problem solving stage."