It was as ugly as could be, except that the final result was the right one. Notre Dame missed two field goals, committed numerous penalties - several of which were costly, committed turnovers, had a lousy kicking game in general...and still won. The key was that they played better as the game went on, and were strong enough to overcome the bad start. They won't be able to get away with this next week, but then with their usual quarterback playing and the rust off, they should bring their A-game.
So: the season record is up to 7-0, with five victims left, not counting the bowl game. The next victim is Oklahoma University. For now, time for a tune, to be enjoyed more in relief than in celebration.