Weis: BC gives Irish motivation to bounce back

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis doesn't expect his team to be down in the dumps coming off a heartbreaking loss to USC when it faces Boston College Saturday at the Stadium.

"People worry about being flat," Weis explained Tuesday. "How can be you flat when you are playing a team that just beat you six times in a row? That would be tough to do."

The Eagles have owned Notre Dame this decade and that's a motivating factor Weis has put into his players mind immediately following the loss to the Trojans.

According to Irish receiver Golden Tate, he doesn't plan on forgetting about the USC game. In fact, it's just the opposite for him. He's remembering it, like he remembered the loss to Michigan because he doesn't want that feeling a loss provides to happen again.

That attitude has been the story of this Irish team this season, one that has gone to the wire in its last five games.

"The thing that I definitely like the most about this team is their heart," Weis said. "You know, it's pretty evident this is a fighting group of guys. They're a bunch of guys that have shown intestinal fortitude. They're tough."

Perhaps no better evidence than that is the fact that the Irish battled back from a 20 point deficit in the 4th quarter against the Trojans and almost came all the way back for a historic win.

"On the negative side we've put ourselves in some precarious positions by being in these games---five games in a row," Weis said. "When you are living like that where you are coming down to the last minute of the game every game, you know, odds are that sooner or later it's going even out and you are not going to win all five. So we had the opportunity to win all five but had an opportunity to lose all five."

And as it turned out, the Irish won three of the five and currently sit at 4-2 on the season.

"They'll come out fighting again, and we're trying get it so that, you know, at the end of the game we're not in that situation."

Boston College is 5-2 and coming off a 52-20 win over NC State last week.


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