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Irish Insights

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Road show

Notre Dame is only 1-1 in road games this season, but Irish coach Brian Kelly said he does see a difference in how his players perform on the road.

"We seem to do our best work at night, quite frankly," Kelly said. "I don't know. I think our ability ­– the Notre Dame student-athlete has a lot on his plate, there's no question. The academic rigors, all the things that they have to do with the pageantry of Notre Dame is wonderful, but it's a lot. So when they get a chance to get to the hotel on Friday and we let them buy a movie, which is awesome – I've never been able to do that at any other schools, we didn't have the budget for it, I was actually excited for them, they can really relax. And I think that they have taken to that and the ability to just get all the stress out of their life and just relax and allow them to focus on football.

"So I think that has something to do with it. But I believe that we're going to be able to do that both at home and on the road."

Notre Dame lost its first road game 34-31 in overtime on a gutsy fake field-goal call by Michigan State. Last weekend, the Irish scored 21 first-quarter points en route to a 21-12 victory at Boston College.

Quarterback Dayne Crist said he enjoys playing on the road.

"Don't get me wrong, I love playing at home in front of our crowd and our fans; that's a great feeling and great experience,," Crist said. "But I can see where you're coming from in terms of being a little bit more relaxed playing on the road. There's less distractions. You know, you've only got the guys that travel with you, your coaches and just the immediate football family, whereas there's a lot more of, like you said, stuff going on on campus and you've got to go to class and see an additional 80,000 people around campus. It kind of just creates a buzz and more distraction. But I think that we've done a great job of limiting those distractions and just making sure that we're focused on the game stuff."