"You got to put them away.''
Notre Dame came within seconds of mounting another fourth quarter comeback against the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles only to see it come up short at the goal line.
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Now, head coach Brian Kelly is speaking out on the flag that he feels cost the Irish the game -- and possibly a shot at earning a spot in the college football playoff. Saying that his team should have put FSU after a 24-10 lead.
''I mean, you got to take the belt from the champion,'' the Fighting Irish coach said Sunday, a little more than 12 hours after Notre Dame lost 31-27 in Tallahassee, Florida. ''You can't leave it up to a decision that's made at the end.''
The Irish scored an apparent go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left against the second-ranked Seminoles on a 2-yard pass from Everett Golson to Corey Robinson on fourth down. The score was wiped out by an offensive pass interference penalty and Notre Dame's second crack at fourth down, this time from the 18, came up empty.
The day after Kelly looked at the footage on tape and said that he was even more confused by the call since officials informed him the flag was on receiver Will Fuller and not CJ. Prosise as originally thought.
''Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it,'' Kelly said. ''So it's unfortunate.''
Kelly said Prosise's job on that play is to get into the end zone, turn around and become a big target. The junior is 6 feet and 220 pounds.
''He was immediately grabbed at the line of scrimmage,'' Kelly said. ''I don't know who saw it as interference but you've got two guys that are trying to fight for space. We saw it as such.''
Kelly said the ball was thrown so quickly Prosise didn't have a chance to turn around.
''What you want to look for, is it truly a situation where the offensive player prohibits the defender from making a play?'' NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said on Sunday."
''It's got to be obvious and the rule even says, 'an obvious intent to impede.''
The Irish coach mentioned he felt his team outplayed FSU in almost every phase of the game, but ultimately failed to put the defending national champions away.
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''I think if we take something from this, when you get a team like this, you outplay them, you got to put them away.''