Marcus Freeman isn’t having an easy go of it in South Bend. The first year coach is 3-3, with losses to Marshall in Week 2 and Stanford in Week 6.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Freeman pointed at execution as being the biggest stumbling block for Notre Dame this season.

“We have a good football team that we have to get to perform consistently,” Freeman said. “We have to do it consistently. The culture of this program is we’re going to have to embrace these tough times and these growing pains of getting this program to where we want it to be.

“How do you get it there? We have to do a better job at executing. We have to do a better job of our preparation. And then on Saturday, making sure we execute the things we really work at.”

In their Week 6 loss to Stanford, the Irish trailed most of the game with the exception of a few minutes in the opening of the 4th quarter. Prior to Saturday, Stanford had lost 11 straight games to FBS teams.

Notre Dame has been unable to find their rhythm, especially on offense. The Irish have been outscored 27-6 in the 1st quarter, and have yet to reach the end zone in the same time period in any game.

We’ll soon see if the Irish are able to “outgrow” these pains. Notre Dame faces off against UNLV on Saturday at home.