SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Forget what the Notre Dame Stadium ticket brochures say. The best seat in the house is in the defensive huddle before a goal-line stand.
One day NBC will figure out how to stick a camera in the middle of all those gold helmets to capture more drama than any reality-TV show, moments like the one right before the final play of Saturday's 20-13 overtime victory over Stanford.
Notre Dame defensive players always will remember a change in atmosphere that had nothing to do with the rain beginning to fall as hard as it had all afternoon.