I think a first down could have helped, but I think we got a first down too.
But regardless, this entire thread had nothing to do with Kelly's offensive gameplan. Similar to you taking exception to SEE above introducing Bob Stoops into the conversation, Andy is guilty of the same behavior.
Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football program had nothing to do with this thread. This was about "How does Alabama do it?" For whatever reason, Andy felt compelled to bring Brian Kelly into the conversation. It was totally unnecessary and simply another opportunity to take a gratuitous shot at Kelly.
I agree with Andy that ND was outcoached. What more can I say about that? That this subthread even carried on was more a product of Andy wanting to continue to show BK's inferiority when compared to Saban. But nearly every college football coach has that same problem with the Saban comparison.