Brian Kelly thankful, frustrated after referee oversight
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 4, 2012
The Luck of the Irish struck again Saturday night when Pitt missed a short field goal with a chance to win in double overtime at Notre Dame.
Except Pitt should have gotten another chance. The tape showed that Notre Dame had two players wearing No. 2 on the field.
Had the penalty been called, Pitt would have been awarded a first down. IrishIllustrated.com noted that the Irish were called for the same penalty against Purdue. Instead, the kick was wide right, and Notre Dame's undefeated season continued after winning in triple overtime.
On his Sunday teleconference, Brian Kelly addressed it, calling the situation a coaching mistake.
"No exception to it. It was a coaching mistake," he said. "We had put our Desperado team on there, and Chris Brown is part of Desperado. Just we've got to do a better job. An oversight that can't happen."
Kelly said he became aware of it after the play. Asked if one of the players would change jersey numbers, Kelly said the problem would easily be solved.
"Yeah, we have an easy way for us to make sure this doesn't happen again, and they won't be on the field again," he said. "It's on me now. So I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen."
Every championship team has a few breaks go its way, but you also make your own luck. Kelly said you don't win because of luck, but it certainly helps.
"Most of the time you're making your luck, and you're playing through some rough spots," he said. "I've never had a team that won because it was lucky. But I've had many teams that were fortunate because they were good football teams and they found a way to win, if that makes sense."
You can see each No. 2 on separate replays of the missed kick below.
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