Notre Dame Athletics | August 31, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly fielded one question about special teams at his Tuesday media conference, in between all the other queries about offense, defense and Michigan.
"Nobody likes to talk about it because it's not the hot topic, but the kicking game will have an impact in this game," he offered. "The kicking game is going to show itself. It could very well be the difference in this football game."
History suggests it will:
1979 — Notre Dame's Bob Crable blocked a Michigan field goal in the final seconds and the Irish won by two points via four field goals.
1980 — Notre Dame again won by two points, this time on a 51-yard field goal by Harry Oliver as time expired.
1988 — Notre Dame began its championship season with a 19-17 win over Michigan, with all Irish points coming via four Reggie Ho field goals and a Ricky Watters punt return.
1989 — The Irish won by four, in great part because of two kickoff returns for scores by Raghib Ismail.
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