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Consistent message

Notre Dame's 28-3 blowout of then-No. 15 Utah on Saturday was the team's best performance of the season.

Now coach Brian Kelly wants the Irish (5-5) to repeat that performance in every game.

"For us more than anything else, it is about consistency and performance," Kelly said Tuesday. "That's what we talked about this week, early on, and we will continue to talk about playing with the same mental and physical toughness that is necessary to win football games on a consistent basis. Not once in a while, not just playing well one day."

The Irish's first chance to show they can play at the same level they did against the Utes will be away from Notre Dame Stadium.

Notre Dame travels to New York this week to play Army (6-4) in the new Yankee Stadium. Kickoff is schedule for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with NBC's coverage starting at 7 p.m.

It is the first game between the two teams in a Yankee Stadium since the Irish and Knights played in the old Yankee Stadium in 1969. Notre Dame went 14-5-3 in the old Yankee Stadium against Army.

As far as why it has been difficult for Notre Dame to develop the consistency Kelly desires, the coach said it is a byproduct of changes in the program in recent years.

"Three different football coaches," Kelly said. "Different coaches, different coordinators.… A lot of different offensive line coaches. There just needs to be a consistency in the approach on a day-to-day basis. We're 10 weeks into it, and if we listen to everybody else, there would be a change again.

"It's consistency in what they hear and how we go to work every day. It's just let us do our job, let us work with our kids and get them better each and every week."

Kelly said the Irish will wear their green uniform jerseys Saturday.

Notre Dame will also have linebacker Carlo Calabrese back from a hamstring injury Saturday, and receiver TJ Jones' hamstring injury is getting better, Kelly said.

Kelly said he didn't have any updates on the investigation of the death of Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old videographer who died when the scissor lift he was filming from fell over Oct. 27.

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