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Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

College football notes: Notre Dame's Weis isn't carried away by start

CHICAGO — Charlie Weis' pride in his team's early success already has been relegated to the back burner as he gets Notre Dame ready to face an opponent that has been a consistent problem in recent years.

Saturday's 17-10 victory at then-No. 3 Michigan was big enough to vault the Fighting Irish 10 spots to No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. But Weis cautioned that it could all go for naught if the Irish (2-0) don't beat Michigan State (2-0) on Saturday in their home debut.

"Michigan State has now won four consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, the second-longest winning streak for a Notre Dame opponent in Notre Dame Stadium," Weis said. "Purdue won five straight from 1954 to 1962. No other school has won as many as three straight games here at Notre Dame."

Weis, previously offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, was hired by the Irish in December. He replaced the fired Tyrone Willingham, who became Washington's coach later that month.

Of his team's fast start, the 49-year-old Weis said, "Trust me, you don't have to worry about my mood with the players because it will be very matter of fact."

Weis, interviewed before a 2 p.m. Sunday team meeting, was asked if he would be worried this week about the players getting big heads.

"Not as of 2:01," he replied.

Against Michigan, Notre Dame took the opening kickoff and used a no-huddle offense to march down the field for a touchdown and quiet the crowd of 111,386.

"A lot of people say you always elect to defer," Weis said. "That's a thought that never even enters my mind. Why wouldn't we want the ball?"

But after the Wolverines cut the deficit to 17-10 late in the game, Notre Dame ran a mere four plays for 5 yards on its next possession.

"I was very disappointed that we weren't able to run out the clock at the end of the game with 3:47 left," Weis said. "That is the time where the defense should never have to get back on the field."


• Pac-10 players of the week were California wide receiver Robert Jordan (three first-half touchdown receptions against Washington), Arizona State linebacker Dale Robinson and Oregon kicker Paul Martinez.

• Stanford wide receiver Evan Moore will miss from six to eight weeks after dislocating his hip while catching a pass Saturday against Navy.

• Defensive end Garrett McIntyre is expected to miss No. 23 Fresno State's game at Oregon on Saturday with a sprained left ankle. McIntyre was voted the Western Athletic Conference preseason defensive player of the year.

• Auburn defensive end Alonzo Horton, who spent days believing his two younger brothers were killed in Hurricane Katrina and not knowing his father's whereabouts, has discovered all three are alive and staying in Houston.

Horton, a New Orleans native, called a cousin Sunday to tell him the brothers were dead. "He said, 'Man, that didn't happen because your daddy's right here with me,' " Horton recalled.

Compiled from Chicago Tribune, Gannett News Service and The Associated Press.

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