Irish enjoy Shamrock Series experience

Notre Dame has made its homes away from home feel just like home--if not better.

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Notre Dame has made its homes away from home feel just like home--if not better.

The Irish improved to 5-0 in the Shamrock Series with a 37-34 win over Arizona State Saturday night in North Texas at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Shamrock Series takes the Irish on the road once a year to a neutral site where the Irish are host, welcoming in thousands of ND fans to see their team away from South Bend.

"It was awesome, just such a wonderful stadium and the support we got--you see how national of a school Notre Dame is when you come to Texas and you get this kind of home field," Irish quarterback Tommy Rees explains.

Rees has now participated in the Shamrock Series for the last four years, while others were playing in the game for the first time.

"It was incredible," adds freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith. "It was a dream come true to play in these types of atmospheres."

With the jumbotron of jumbotrons high above Jerry's World, it was very unlike Notre Dame Stadium in the Irish home game Saturday night.

"The Shamrock Series here in North Texas, I think for our university was a great experience," Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "We didn't know what to expect in this stadium, because you hear things like 100,000, but it just feels like a great venue. The fans seem to be close. It is loud in here. We actually struggled at times, as you saw, with some penalties and some false-starts; even with a pretty pro-Notre Dame crowd, it is loud. It is a terrific venue for a college football game."

Notre Dame is now off until October 19th when they return home home to host USC at Notre Dame Stadium.


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