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Kelly looking for consistency

November 16, 2010|By BOB WIENEKE, Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly is no doubt well aware that his team played its best game of the season last Saturday in a 28-3 trouncing of 15th-ranked Utah.

Now it's time to see it again.

"I think for us, more than anything else, it's about consistency and performance," Kelly said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. "Not once in a while. Not just playing well one game."

The 5-5 Irish get their chance Saturday night against Army at Yankee Stadium in New York, a game that is considered a home game for Notre Dame.

The game will be the first football game at new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.

It renews a storied series and will be the 50th between the two independents. Notre Dame leads 37-8-4. In games played at old Yankee Stadium, the Irish own a 14-5-3 mark against the Black Knights. Notre Dame will wear green jerseys for the game.

Army, 6-4, is averaging 272.8 yards rushing, and Kelly pointed out Tuesday that no team has stopped the Army offense this season.

"Nobody can claim that," Kelly said.

Kelly said that injured linebacker Carlo Calabrese will play this weekend and that injured wide receiver TJ Jones is getting healthier.

The first question thrown the way of Kelly, who grew up in Boston, was if he is a Red Sox fan as his team prepares to play in the home park of the Red Sox' hated rival.

"I'm a baseball fan," Kelly said with a wry smile.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and the game will air on NBC.

Kelly said he had no updates in the investigation of the death of student videographer Declan Sullivan, who died Oct. 27 when a scissor lift in which he was filming practice toppled.

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