BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's postgame comments
Here are BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall's postgame comments after the Cougars lost 23-13 to Notre Dame on Saturday in front of 80,795 fans at Notre Dame Stadium.:
"First of all, Notre Dame is a first-class program and facility, same with coach [Brian] Kelly. It's a great place to play and a good football team. It was a good football game. A few opportunities that we didn't make, and a few that Notre Dame did make. Notre Dame earned the win.
I thought there were some courageous efforts on our part, and early in the game Rob Daniel, our field corner, was ill. All kinds of IVs were pumped into him. He wasn't expected to play. And then found a way to play for all but the first three or four series of the game. It made a huge difference in us being able to play the pass more effectively.<
On Notre Dame's running game:
"I would says their running backs are very physical, tough to tackle. I also thought their offensive line was physical and tough. And that played out the way we thought.
I think that gave Notre Dame the ability to control the game. But when it came down to a manageable number of points to win the game, 23 we thought would keep us right in it, which it did."
On why they missed so many tackles:
"I think it wasn't necessarily what Kyle wasn't doing, it was what Notre Dame was doing, running really hard, running really physical. Maybe the next caliber up of a football team.
So what they do, they do well. So I think I will credit Notre Dame, rather than what our players didn't do."