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QUICK HITS: South Florida 23 Notre Dame 20

Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:01 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 10:04 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

SOUTH FLORIDA WON. In the first half Notre Dame was begging South Florida to win the game, but the Bulls seemed hesitant to accept. Eventually the Bulls took advantage of the gifts that Notre Dame insisted on giving them. Notre Dame had twice as many yards on offense as South Florida (508-254) but four turnovers by the Irish sealed their fate, especially when you consider that the Irish turned the ball over inside the red zone three times.

WHY SOUTH FLORIDA WON. While the South Florida offense didn't light up the scoreboard like lightning lit up the skies of South Bend, the Bulls managed not to beat themselves. They also forced those turnovers, including a 96-yard fumble return by Kayvon Webster at the goal line following a very impressive opening drive by the Notre Dame offense. Still, it's hard to believe that Skip Holtz will be happy his team had to settle for so many field goals in the first half when it had a chance to bury the Irish early.

WHEN SOUTH FLORIDA WON. While it should have happened in the first half, it wasn't official until the Bulls recovered an onside kick by the Irish with 21 seconds remaining in the game.

WHAT SOUTH FLORIDA WON. This game may mean nothing for South Florida when it comes to the team's top goal of winning the Big East, but it definitely provides a lot of confidence for the team heading into the rest of the season. No, Notre Dame is not the program it used to be, or that many Notre Dame fans still want it to be, but going into South Bend and picking up a win is never anything to not be proud of.

WHAT NOTRE DAME LOST. Any chance to say that the program is back. The team came into yet another season with a ranking higher than it deserved and yet another season of "This is the year Notre Dame returns to glory," but on Saturday we found out that it's just another season in South Bend. One that may still prove to be successful, but also a year that is going to have its share of frustrating moments.

THAT WAS CRAZY. What wasn't crazy in this game? Notre Dame's inability to not turn the ball over in the red zone? The two lightning delays that lasted three hours? There's plenty to choose from, but the craziest thing I saw was the shade of red in Brian Kelly's face on the sideline after Notre Dame's third red zone turnover. Human beings just aren't meant to be that color.
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Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 8:31 pm
 

QUICK HITS: South Florida 23 Notre Dame 20

Don't forget Auburn in 'o7




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:45 pm
 

QUICK HITS: South Florida 23 Notre Dame 20

As for the game, I am a midwest transplant who lives in the Tampa Bay area.  I thought there was absolutely no way USF could win this game.  ND usually gets top ten to twenty recruiting classes, while USF almost never beats the "big boys" in February and has to build with a bunch of two and three-star recruits with the occasional transfer mixed in.  



are you high or something??? usf has made a habit out of beating ranked opponents...at home and on the road

2011 #16 notre dame
2009 #21 west virginia #18 florida state
2008 #13 kansas
2007 #5 west virginia

plus theyve beaten 

miami
clemson
north carolina
north carolina state
 and tcu






Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 11:48 pm
 

QUICK HITS: South Florida 23 Notre Dame 20

Go Irish............Yell



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 11:04 pm
 

QUICK HITS: South Florida 23 Notre Dame 20

I don't think anyone gives a rats rear about quality education on any given saturday, but beat the pants off?  Really?  What game did you watch?  Notre Dame beat Notre Dame today.  USF, luckily, was the team scheduled to benefit.  I know the final score is the only stat that really matters, but beat the pants off of Notre Dame, they did not.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Kelly is your best chance at a BCS title...

Kelly's teams at Cincinnati often looked like they weren't into the game.  Kelly teaches his kids to act like they have won before.  The downside is that when they lose, they often look like they were flat.  Given time, Kelly will build a very consistent team.  This is great for ND because they always gets the nod over any team with the same record.  If they continue to schedule four tough teams and eight easy wins, Kelly will get them to the title game a few times.  Of course, they can't lose one of the "easy" games like they did today.  
 
The only person better for ND than Kelly is Urban Meyer.  The problem is that Urban Meyer figured out that he can't win like he wants to unless he works 120 hours a week.  Unfortunately, that blows out his heart and he ends up in the hospital.  In other words, the same drive that makes him a great football coach also damages his heart and puts his life at risk.  I hope Meyer does a Dick Vitale and stays on TV so that he can enjoy his family and the fruits of his labor.  
 
The bottom line: Kelly deserves five years to prove himself.  If he gets it, ND fans will be pleasantly surprised. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:41 pm
 

A state of shock...

As for the game, I am a midwest transplant who lives in the Tampa Bay area.  I thought there was absolutely no way USF could win this game.  ND usually gets top ten to twenty recruiting classes, while USF almost never beats the "big boys" in February and has to build with a bunch of two and three-star recruits with the occasional transfer mixed in.  

There has been a bit of national buzz about USF being decent this year, but I didn't believe any of it.   I am too used to being disappointed at the end of the year.  After today, though, most of their "toss up" games look a lot more winnable than they did.  I was just hoping for 6-6 or 7-5 this year, with maybe one nice upset at the Ray Jay.  Maybe I will have to adjust my expectations.  



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:30 pm
 

QUICK HITS: South Florida 23 Notre Dame 20

I get the sense that Kelly is just not the right guy for this job, and I don't know how many people out there are actually made for the ND coaching job. ND was horrible though. They couldn't catch the ball, with the exception of Floyd, who is just a complete beast. How do you start Crist? Kelly looked like he was going to explode. Literally. The old ND is just so gone. Where is the swagger? I'll give credit to Floyd that the dude carries himself like the stud that he is. His teamates all look soft. It reminded me of a bunch of rich white kids from the suburbs being afraid to go play a bunch of black kids from the inner city. South Florida came out looking like they would run through a brick wall with dynamite strapped to their balls for Holtz. They went out and smacked ND around. The walked into that stadium like it was there club and they were there to take that thing over. ND looked like a bunch of Americans who don't speak French walking into a Parisian restaurant. I don't think the South Florida Bulls or their fans really gave a rats rear end today about the quality of education the ND players are getting or any of the other ND schtick about them going on to do great things in their life after football. I think the only thing the Bulls and their fans cared about was beating the pants off ND on national tv, which they did.




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Kelly green is now Kelly red...

As someone who is fifty percent Irish, I can tell you that it is very possible to be "that" red without even trying.  When your team arouses your "Irish," though, it's just a lot easier.  


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