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    Following Flynt - Getting the Job Done

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    5669434.jpeg Though my memory of the exact scenario is a bit hazy (it's hard to believe it was eight years ago), my freshmen high school basketball coach once referred to a play or a victory - I honestly cannot remember which - as "ugly, but effective."

    After Saturday's football game against Pittsburgh, those words were ringing in my head because I could not think of a better way to characterize Notre Dame's victory.

    Save Jonas Gray's 79-yard touchdown run and Tyler Eifert's touchdown catch, it is safe to say that the Pittsburgh game will probably not be heavily featured in the post-season highlight reel.

    However, a win is a win and you have to be happy any time your team comes home with a victory - especially a team like the Irish, a squad that is perhaps still trying to find its identity.

    Statistics are very telling, yet at the same time, quite deceiving. Notre Dame's offense put up more than 500 yards in each of its first two games. The Irish lost both. Since then, that same offense has averaged 336.5 yards, and the team has evened its record at 2-2.

    It wasn't pretty. As head coach Brian Kelly said, "It's not going to be an instant classic."

    Though at the same time, he and his team recognize the importance of these types of wins.

    In the locker room after the game Kelly explained to the team that games like this demonstrated they are developing the "will to win."

    In the last several years, the "will to win" is a characteristic Notre Dame football has lacked. Previously, if someone had told me the Irish would be locked in a 12-7 battle going into the fourth quarter, I would not have liked our chances.

    While the game did not feature a multiple-touchdown victory or the excitement many fans may have hoped for, the Irish left Heinz Field with a victory, a 2-2 record and the car headed in the right direction.

    The box score won't catch many second looks, but at the end of the day, the Irish got the job done and that shows that this team is making progress. In the win-loss column, the only statistic that really matters, a 15-12 dogfight looks the same as a 42-14 victory.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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