Kelly pleased with performance against UM; Irish now ranked No. 10
Posted: Sep 24, 2012 2:03 AM EST | Updated: Nov 6, 2014 9:45 AM EST
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Key players stepped up at the most crucial times and that's why some feel Notre Dame won Saturday's big game against Michigan and is now ranked tenth in the country.
The game started off slow to get going for the Irish but turned into a big defensive game.
The Irish defense had a stunning six turnovers in the 13-6 victory over the Wolverines of Michigan.
Coach Kelly was pretty impressed.
"A great team win for our guys. Defensively what can I say, six turnovers, limited we felt is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the country to no touchdowns. Just an incredible performance by our defense," said Coach Kelly.
The Irish get a week of rest with a bye this week.
The next time they see action is against Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Inside linebacker Manti Te'o had a fantastic game, with two interceptions.
We spoke with him after the game, and here is what he said.
"It's humbling, it's really humbling. I love this school. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. It represents family. I'm very humbled and I love everybody, and thank you," said Te'o.
Te'o also said because of his second family on the football team, he was able to get through these past two weeks.
And it's not just Coach Kelly putting confidence into the Fighting Irish football team but pollsters as well!
The new AP rankings came out Sunday and the Irish have moved up one spot to number ten!
This is the first time the Fighting Irish have been ranked in the top ten since 2006.
They are also ranked No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll as well..