Little things adding up for Notre Dame’s Golson

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Golson is the fourth quarterback in Notre Dame history to start his career with nine straight victories. He would have 10 straight if he hadn’t been benched the first three plays against Miami. The school record is 11 wins by Bob Williams during the national championship season of 1949.

Last week, the focus was working on footwork and communicating with teammates, calling plays and then checking into different plays. Kelly had Golson watching film of Peyton Manning and other quarterbacks.

“Manning is probably one of the great communicators, his ability to get into plays and check and do it efficiently,” Kelly said. “We try to use some of the greats to show some things that could be helpful.”

As for the pressure of playing at USC with Notre Dame eager to win its first national championship since 1988, Golson said he’s taking the same attitude he’s taken all year of focusing on the opponent and not worrying about the big picture.

“As far as I’m concerned, my head is down, my foot’s on the gas, I’m never going to look up and lose focus,” he said. “My thing is just keep your head down and keep pushing it.”

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