A look at Notre Dame, Navy

Notre Dame players are used to playing in loud venues. But none of them have been to Neyland Stadium.

Originally Published: November 2, 2004
By Adam Rittenberg | Special To
Notre Dame players and coaches spent a chunk of the last two weeks agonizing over missed opportunities.

Losses to two non-elite teams (Boston College and BYU) have punted the Fighting Irish out of the BCS picture. Since 1995 they have reached only one BCS bowl game. Now Notre Dame needs a win in its final three games to qualify for the postseason.

"Sometimes I look back at the BYU game," LB Mike Goolsby told the Chicago Tribune. "I've seen them play on TV since then, and you're just like, 'How did we lose that game?'" Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg Mattison called the second-half collapse against Boston College "sickening." DE Justin Tuck said he feels like he's playing for a 7-1 team with a 5-3 record.