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Irish finish regular season with third straight loss to Stanford

Adam Llorens | Monday, November 28, 2011

Saint Mary’s sophomore Natalie Schultz said while the Irish did not reign victorious on Saturday, they did win the battle of the uniforms.

“After they scored the last touchdown I gave up,” Schultz said. “Our helmets looked fantastic though compared to Stanford’s black ones, we just need to match up the pants to the helmets.”

Schultz watched the game in her friend’s dorm room at Saint Mary’s.

“My friends and I were so sad after the game, we actually began to watch ‘Twilight,'” Schultz said.

The Irish football team closed out their regular season on a sour note, losing 28-14 at Stanford on Saturday.

Freshman Sean Hamilton, a northern California native, cheered on the Irish at Stanford Stadium and noticed a prominent showing of Notre Dame fans.

“About a quarter of the stadium were Notre Dame fans,” Hamilton said. “Pretty impressive considering Stanford set the record for amount of fans at their stadium.”

Hamilton said the field conditions seemed horrible from his perspective in the stands.

“The field was awful and looked to be really slippery,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the outcome of the bowl game would largely rely on the opponent selected.

“We play pretty consistently, we just need to see how it stacks up against the other team,” Hamilton said. “We always seem to make the same mistakes.”

Saint Mary’s sophomore Jessica Carter said she thought the play of the Irish was terrible.

“I thought we could have played a lot harder than we did,” Carter said. “I was really happy when Coach Kelly put in [Andrew] Hendrix because I felt like [Tommy] Rees was having a bad day. He just was not there.”

Carter said she watched the game at home in South Bend with her family.

She said she thinks the Irish have a good chance of winning their bowl game.

“I hope we can play better,” Carter said. “The defense is doing better but I think we need to shape up our offense by giving the ball to [Michael] Floyd more.”

Senior Julie Hyppolite chose not to watch the final regular season game of the year.

“I was at a surprise birthday party for a family friend who turned 50, but was not pleased with the outcome,” Hyppolite said.

Hyppolite said she hopes the team can play better for the bowl game.

“I feel like we play really sloppy sometimes, but I think we can do well at the bowl game,” Hyppolite said. “We have a lot of talent on our team and I think they can put it together.”