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Everett Golson sacked by Terrance Smith for a loss of 6 yards to the NDame 43
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Everett Golson pass incomplete to Ben Koyack
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Tarean Folston run for 20 yds to the FlaSt 41 for a 1ST down
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Everett Golson pass complete to Corey Robinson for 23 yds to the NDame 39 for a 1ST down
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Karlos Williams run for 1 yd for a TD
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Jameis Winston pass complete to Rashad Greene for 15 yds to the NDame 3 for a 1ST down
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Jameis Winston pass complete to Travis Rudolph for 16 yds to the NDame 26 for a 1ST down
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Kyle Brindza 46 yd FG GOOD
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Everett Golson sacked by Chris Casher for a loss of 5 yards to the FlaSt 29
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Jameis Winston sacked by Romeo Okwara for a loss of 8 yards to the FlaSt 8
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Karlos Williams run for 2 yds for a TD
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If there was any doubt about Brian Kelly's place as an elite coach and Notre Dame's place as an elite team, it vanished into the Tallahassee night.

The Fighting Irish left Doak Campbell Stadium in defeat, but they stood on level ground with the heavily favored, insanely talented national champions -- on the road, right until the final seconds. And if two receivers had been a little slicker with their pick attempts, Notre Dame might have slayed mighty Florida State.

"We don't coach illegal plays," Kelly said afterward.

Most of the legal plays Kelly called worked masterfully against the Seminoles. He made the right in-game decisions, including a punt midway through the fourth quarter that returned the ball to a scalding-hot Jameis Winston. Notre Dame's defense, one of the nation's most surprising units, held firm, and quarterback Everett Golson led the Irish to the threshold of victory only to fall just short.

The next step for Kelly is arguably even tougher than game planning for Florida State on the road. But it's also a task he's more than capable of completing. He must lift the spirits of his players, prevent a letdown and restore belief that all of Notre Dame's goals, including a national championship, are still on the table.

Kelly also has some help, should he need it. There's a blueprint to responding to adversity that others have followed in this most unique of seasons, when one loss, especially one like Notre Dame's at Florida State, isn't the death knell.

Several one-loss teams showed Notre Dame how it's done in Week 8.


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Jameis Winston pass complete to Travis Rudolph for 20 yds to the NDame 23 for a 1ST down
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Jameis Winston pass complete to Karlos Williams for 21 yds to the NDame 43 for a 1ST down
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Everett Golson pass complete to William Fuller for 11 yds for a TD

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