After strong win over BYU, Kelly sees Pitt loss as anomaly

After strong win over BYU, Kelly sees Pitt loss as anomaly
November 26, 2013, 6:45 pm
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JJ Stankevitz

Following a 23-13 win over BYU, coach Brian Kelly referred to Notre Dame's 28-21 loss to Pitt as an "anomaly," sort of an ill-timed outlier that certainly wasn't expected.

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A bye week followed, and on Saturday, Notre Dame played one of its more complete games this season in beating BYU by 10. The egregious mistakes Notre Dame made at Heinz Field were, for the most part, cleaned up.

During Kelly's tenure, mistake-laden games in November have been a rarity. The Pitt loss was Kelly's second in November since 2010, with the other being a loss to Stanford in which Notre Dame was simply overpowered by a better team.

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Despite some near-misses -- most notably, 2012's triple-overtime win over Pitt -- November has been a good month for Kelly. That's why he saw that sloppy loss earlier this month as an anomaly.

"We don't play that game that way," Kelly said. "Our football team has shown over the last three, four years, we don't play that way. And so for me, that was an anomaly. That's why it was so important to get back this weekend to playing the game the right way and they certainly did."