A win is a win, because, simply -- it's not a loss.
Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis felt very good Sunday afternoon about his team's abilities to get out of a tough situation against San Diego State at the Stadium on Saturday with a 21-13 victory -- ugly, or not.
Now, Weis is stressing that it's time to focus on Notre Dame's next opponent -- bitter rivals Michigan.
"We've got game one under the belt, got out of there with that so-called ugly win," Weis said. "I think that there's a lot for them to learn, like, 'Hey, let's go,' 'Let's get out of there and take care of the next one.' And, fortunately, the next one is Michigan, as, which we know, will be a tough opponent."
While quick to point out many of the team's successes during their first 2008 contest, Weis was also able to nail down a specific, tide-turning point of the game -- David Bruton's strip and recovery of Aztec running back Brandon Sullivan at the goal line in the 4th quarter.
"I think that there was one critical play in the game that kept the team in the game and kept them from doubting that we could win or not, and it was made by the two safeties (Bruton and Kyle McCarthy)," Weis said.
Had McCarthy and Bruton not made the play, San Diego State would have been in position to put the Aztecs up by two scores.
But instead, the spectacular play led to a Notre Dame touchdown on the ensuing drive that gave the Irish the lead for good.
"I think that anyone watching the game, whether you're in the stadium or the head coach, or watching on TV would say that that play was the game changing play."