USC 31 Notre Dame 17

In a furstrating game for the Irish, turnovers was the name of the game. Notre Dame’s offense had another lapse in protection of the ball and coughed it up 3 times. USC capitalizes on this, and wins 31-17.

Recap after the jump…

Notre Dame was in a hole early, giving up 17 unanswered points in the first quarter and a half, but Notre Dame responded with 10 points with just a few minutes left in the half, highlighted by George Atkinson III’s 96 Yd Kickoff Return. Giving the Irish a big momentum swing going into the half.

Then with just a few minutes left in the third quarter, Tommy Rees was shaken up by a hit and momentarily couldn’t play. Dayne Crist stepped in and drove the Irish all the way down to the one yard line, before fumbling a snap which was picked up by USC’s Jawanza Starling for an 80 yard touchdown. However, Tommy Rees stepped back into the game and immediately drove Notre Dame all the way down to a score (25 yard TB run by Jonas Gray). Bringing the Irish back 24-17. But Notre Dame’s defense couldn’t handle Matt Barkley and the USC offense one more time and gave up a touchdown with under 8 minutes left, which virtually ended the game for Notre Dame.

Notre Dame’s hopes of a BCS birth have been shot, and they cannot blame anyone else but themselves. Disappointing game for Notre Dame, despite a decent comeback attempt.

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