Last year, the Irish needed to sweat out an onside kick in the final minutes to hold on for a 16-14 victory.
Kelly doesn’t need a history lesson to know that.
“Boston College (is) a team that has played us very, very well,” he said. “This past year obviously at home we had to make some big stops late to win the football game.”
But when a fan asked during his radio program whether she needed to have her pacemaker recharged, Kelly told her not to worry.
“I think we’re going to take care of all the hearts this weekend,” he said. “If we get off to the kind of start we should and put some points on the board, I hope we can save everybody.”
AP Sports Writer Tom Coyne contributed to this story from South Bend, Ind.