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Notre Dame's secondary moves on

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson said the secondary has put behind it what happened in the No. 21 Irish's 41-30 loss to No. 11 Michigan last week.

Notre Dame (1-1) gave up 294 passing yards and four passing touchdowns to the Wolverines (2-0).

"That's really the whole defense, if something happens, you got to play for the next play," Jackson said. "You can't get yourself caught up in previous plays. You just have to pick it up for the next one."

Notre Dame, which plays at Purdue (1-1) on Saturday, particularly had trouble keeping Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon in check as he had eight receptions for 184 yards with three touchdowns. Cornerback KeiVarae Russell was matched up against Gallon a lot, and Jackson said the team rallied around Russell after a difficult game.

"You really just got to keep him positive," Jackson said. "I've always said to him play for the next play. You can't let the previous play eat you up, because it is going to take your game down. He's got a good understanding of that. A bunch of guys just get around him and tell him to stay positive, continue to work and go out there and play."

Jackson also said the secondary will learn from the pass interference calls – one on him and the other against safety Matthias Farley – that hurt the Irish on the Wolverines' last scoring drive.

"At the end of the day, I really have no say in it," Jackson said. "We play aggressive on defense, especially in the secondary. It could have went 50-50, either way. We try to play the ball in the air, we just got to I guess work a little more of staying off the receivers."