Since then, the Irish has lost four straight, with all four losses coming against ranked teams, including two on the road.
ND coach Mike Brey contends that situations like this force a team to grow:
"It's not Cub Scouts. We signed up for the Big East, it's tough. I'm not holding any hands. Either grow up and deliver or don't play. Our backs are against the wall. When your backs are against the wall you've only got one choice, you've got to fight out of it. Right now that's our only choice."