Irish undefeated in regular season, Streak ends Jan. 7, 2013.
In Irish coach Brian Kelly’s first two years, Notre Dame turned in a pair of 8-5 seasons.
Despite losing players to the NFL, the Irish were more successful in Kelly’s third season, going undefeated against their regular season schedule.
Regular season highlights included a rout of Navy in Dublin, a 20-3 upset of Michigan State, an emotional 13-6 victory over Michigan, an overtime goal-line stand against Stanford, a road victory over Oklahoma and a come-from-behind, three-overtime win over Pittsburgh.
The Irish reached No. 1 in the polls after a Senior Day victory over Wake Forest and sealed a berth in the BCS National Championship Game with a 22-13 victory over USC on Nov. 24.
Traveling to Miami to face off against Alabama in the national championship game, the Irish struggled to contain the Crimson Tide’s offense, as Alabama rolled out to a 28-0 lead at halftime.
In the end, Notre Dame fell to the Crimson Tide, 42-14, ending the program’s first national title run since 1988.