Irish seniors lay foundation for ND football program

ARLINGTON, Texas (WNDU) - Like the year 2018, Notre Dame's football season came to a close.

On Saturday, the Irish lost to the Clemson Tigers 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl.

It was also the last time we saw the senior football players don the blue and gold.

Saturday was an emotional night for the seniors because it was the last time they could suit up with their teammates. But they say what they built at Notre Dame is something special.

"To have success you have to have a collective buy-in from a group of guys committed to a common purpose," Irish linebacker Drue Tranquill said. "This senior class, the senior class last year and the people before us have been building that and it's been a process and we certainly feel we have a culture now that is sustainable to win championships and we're just glad to be a stepping stone for that."

This senior class might not go down as the team that brought the National Championship back to South Bend but they're proud of the culture they created in the Notre Dame locker room.

"They really allowed us to set such a strong culture and foundation for where they want to be every year," Irish head coach Brian Kelly said. "That's in the playoffs, playing for a national championship. Our guys will now go into every year knowing this is the destination."