When a bad season hits rock bottom

Elkhart Truth photo/Russ DraperNotre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (green shirt) signals to players during the Michigan State game on Sept. 17. VanGorder was fired Sunday a day after Notre Dame's latest loss dropped the Irish to 1-3.

NOTRE DAME — Rock bottom arrived for Brian VanGorder shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday evening when an unknown Duke kicker named A.J. Reed hit a 19-yard field goal to complete one of the most disappointing upset losses in Irish football history.

Mighty Notre Dame isn't supposed to lose at home as a three-touchdown favorite to an opponent known much more for its basketball successes than anything it has ever done on the football field. But mighty Notre Dame did lose, falling to Duke 38-35 in a listless performance that is as difficult to explain as it will be to fix.

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