Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) celebrates after sacking USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football - USC @ Notre Dame: Positives

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback KeiVarae Russell (6) and tight end Troy Niklas (85) celebrate in the fourth quarter against the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback KeiVarae Russell (6) and tight end Troy Niklas (85) celebrate in the fourth quarter against the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

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The Fighting Irish finally broke through at home against the Trojans. The win was not as pretty as fans probably wanted but a win is a win. Here are the positives from the USC-ND game:

Notre Dame’s 2nd-Half Defense

The Notre Dame Defense only allowed 66 yards in the second half on 8 possessions. That is an average of 8.25 yards per possession. The Defense reminded fans of the 2012 version. The Irish were aided by several Trojan penalties. However, they stopped the run and forced them into 3rd and long passing situations. The Irish then were able to get pressure with 3 or 4 down linemen. Stephon Tuitt looked like the 1st round draft pick that he is projected to be.

Cam McDaniel’s Wiggle

Take a look at the video below around 1:46. Cam McDaniel demonstrated showed that he can not only run hard between the tackles but he can also make defenders miss. It is clear that his Notre Dame’s most natural and instinctive runner. He needs to be more carries as the season progresses. He currently is getting the most carries with 81. Atkinson is second with 64 carries.

Winning Win Its All On The Line

Notre Dame had several recruits in South Bend for the primetime game. Last time, Notre Dame played USC in the spotlight. The Irish lost 34-17. This cost the Fighting Irish several recruits. However, the Irish were victorious this time and it will definitely help with recruiting.

For more on Notre Dame’s win over USC, and primarily the effect it has had on Notre Dame football tickets, check out this post on the TiqIQ blog.

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