Controversial replay calls have become uncomfortably common this college football season. The latest may have cost
When the officials in the booth ruled that Notre Dame quarterback
After last week's home loss to Navy dropped Notre Dame's record to 6-3, the consensus was the Irish would need to either upset the No. 8 Panthers or beat both Connecticut and No. 25 Stanford in their last two games. They just lost 27-22 to Pittsburgh, and after watching the Cardinal throttle USC 55-21 earlier Saturday, it's hard to envision the Irish winning in Palo Alto.
In other words, Weis is looking at a best-case scenario of 7-5 in his fifth season in South Bend. That's not remotely good enough for Golden Domers.
Many will presumably spend the next few days venting about that suspect Clausen fumble call, but the Irish could have saved themselves the trouble had they not dug themselves yet another huge hole. Behind another big night from freshman sensation
But Clausen -- with a big assist from star receiver
But following some initial success, the Irish's last drive bogged down on a first-down chop block penalty, then lost possession two plays later on Clausen's "fumble." Pitt only needed one first down to run out the clock.
It was a big non-conference win for
Notre Dame (6-4), on the other hand, saw its last remote BCS hopes go dark. Weis himself said before the season he expected the Irish to at least be in the BCS "conversation." Right now they're fighting just to stay in the Gator Bowl conversation -- and that doesn't bode well for Weis.