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Notre Dame did play in a bowl game after firing Tyrone Willingham in 2004, losing the Insight Bowl 38-21 to Oregon State under interim coach Kent Baer.
Clausen called a bowl game a "vacation" and receiver Michael Floyd said he would do whatever it took to play another game with the seniors. Tate was less certain about what he wanted.
"I don't know how I feel about that yet," Tate said. "I guess it kind of depends on which bowl. I'd love to play another game with all these fellows, but who knows."
Clausen and Tate also have decisions to make about the NFL in the coming weeks. Clausen is widely projected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken after throwing 28 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He said he will talk with Weis and with his family before deciding what to do.
Tate could have a more difficult decision since there are questions about whether he would be a first-round pick. Tate will go down as one of the most productive receivers in Notre Dame history. He broke the career record for yards receiving after his 201 on Saturday gave him 2,708 in his career.
His 15 touchdown catches this season are tied with Rhema McKnight and Jeff Samardzija for the most ever at Notre Dame and has 26 career TDs are one behind Samardzija's record.
"Coach and I will talk pretty soon," Tate said. "My family will talk and I'll talk to different people to see what is the best thing for me to do. I hope this isn't my last time in a Notre Dame uniform."
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