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Why Notre Dame passed on field goals

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06:33 AM ET 10.27 | The wind was the biggest reason why coach Charlie Weis went for it on fourth-and-long three times during Notre Dame's 33-7 victory Saturday night at Washington. Weis said Sunday that he and his staff determined before the game that when driving into the wind, they wanted the offense to get inside the 25-yard line before attempting a field goal. When the wind was at the Irish's backs, Weis wanted to get inside the 30 before sending sophomore kicker Brandon Walker onto the field. ''Brandon is just starting to get his confidence, and the last thing I want to do just when a guy is getting his confidence is have a guy kick a 48-yard field goal into the wind,'' Weis said. Walker, who had made two of eight field goals before Saturday, made 28- and 42-yard kicks against Washington.

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