Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly addressed the controversial offensive pass interference penalty called against the Irish in Saturday night's loss to Florida State with the media on Sunday.
The play came on fourth down and likely would've been a game-winning touchdown, but was called back, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and a fourth-and-goal from the FSU 17. Irish quarterback Everett Golson then threw an interception, sealing a 31-27 win for the Seminoles.
"Florida State blew the coverage and they got rewarded for it," said Kelly, according to Irish Illustrated. "(Will Fuller) did not go out of his way to impede the defender. The official that was furthest from the play thought differently."
Kelly said he’ll have a conversation with the supervisor of ACC officials later Sunday, but will probably get "even less clarification" on the call.
"It’s hard for me to really put it all together," he said.
After the game, Kelly said the Irish "execute that play every day. And we do it legally. And that’s the way we coach it. We don’t coach illegal plays."
The loss dropped Notre Dame (6-1) from No. 5 to No. 7 in the latest AP Poll. Florida State (7-0) remains at No. 2.
Kelly said that while he disagreed with the call, it isn't the only thing that sunk the Irish, who did not trail in the game until midway through the fourth quarter.
"If you’ve got the champ, you can’t win by split decision. You’ve got to knock them out," he said.
- Molly Geary