Weis: Time to win for the seniors

With the Irish 1-9, there isn't much left to play for with two games remaining.

The Irish are 0-6 at home and have one last chance to win at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday against Duke.

"This week the one thing to hold onto is that it's the seniors' last home game," head coach Charlie Weis said on Sunday. "That's not phony. It's their last home game."

On Sunday when the team gathered together, Weis said he would ask all the 4th and 5th year seniors, including walk-ons to standup in front of the rest of the team.

"I'm going to talk to them about how they went to end their career and I'm going to tell everyone that is not a senior how their responsibility is to make sure [the seniors] go out with a win," Weis said.

The seniors desperately want a win as well.

"Obviously we can't make a bowl game; we don't have a post-season hope," captain John Carlson said putting things in perspective.

"I've spent 5 years here and it's been filled with ups and downs. But overall it's been a tremendous experience. I'm proud to be a player here, a student here."

"I'm really going to be sad next week when its all going to be over," Carlson said.

When asked what not winning a home game in their final season at Notre Dame would mean to the seniors, Weis couldn't bare to answer.

He instead could only explain what he hopes will happen.

"I'd rather envision us beating Duke and them running around the field one time like we've done the last couple of years," Weis said.

Weis said he then hopes his players can go over and thank the fans for their support.

"Let's face it, with how this year has gone, most other places there would be a lot less people in the stands at the end of the game," Weis said.

"You have to give a lot of credit to not only the student body but also the rest of our fans for showing support. The fans deserve a little kudos for their support."

Notre Dame must win its final two games against Duke and Stanford to avoid its worst season in school history.


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