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Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:33 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The game was supposed to be ordinary, it was meant to be extraordinary.

Under the lights for the first time in 21 years, Notre Dame's biggest national rival coming in town, five-star recruits filling a whole row, even talk of reaching a BCS bowl in the run up, Saturday was supposed to be different for the Irish.

It wasn't. Well, the grass was (freshly cut) but the result was the same as it had been for the past 10 years in South Bend, with USC once again leaving town with a victory, this one 31-17.

"It was right up there with Ohio State," linebacker Chris Galippo said of how he ranked the win in his career. "We talked about it all week that this was their Super Bowl."

The Trojans made their presence felt from the opening, running down after down on a 13-play, 66-yard drive before Matt Barkley found tight end Randall Telfer in the back of the end zone after a play action fake. It was the longest scoring drive on the season and quieted the capacity crowd at Notre Dame Stadium.

"To come in here, the only way to win the game was to find a way to run the ball against a very physical defense," Lane Kiffin said. "Two things really showed, I think they played really smart, starting with the quarterback all the way around."

Tailback Curtis McNeal finished with 121 yards on 24 carries while Marc Tyler, injured last week against California, had 67 yards. Barkley used play action passes effectively and tossed two touchdowns in the first half en route to a 17-0 lead before George Atkinson III returned a kick off 96 yards for a score.

"We started poorly. I told our team that, you know, was very disappointed in the way we played the first half," Brian Kelly said. "Sloppy football. Didn't tackle well. Timing was off. Just unacceptable for the amount of time we had off to play that way."

Notre Dame had won four straight coming in and had a bye week after thrashing Air Force.

"Being a Pac-12 school, our schedule gets handed to us, their's doesn't," Galippo said. "They get to choose their schedule and they chose when they wanted their bye and they wanted it right before (this game). They chose to make it a 7:30 PM game.

"Losing stinks. For me, it's hard to put a stink meter on losing," he said. "We are better than that. And to turn the ball over in the ridiculous fashion that we have, it makes me crazy. I don't understand how something so easy can come out the way it does."

Ranked 113th in the country in turnover margin, giving the ball away is the story of the Irish's season. Within seven late in the third quarter, Tommy Rees took over on his own 8-yard line marched the offense down the field nine, 10, 11 yards at a time looking for the equalizer before re-injuring his knee. Backup Dayne Crist came in and moved the Irish to the 1-yard line.

"Dayne went right in, did a nice job and moved us down there," Kelly said. "We put (Andrew) Hendrix in to run the ball a little bit down there, some zone option. And then we had the fumbled snap."

Reminiscent of what happened in Notre Dame's opener against South Florida, Crist fumbled stepping away from center and after being kicked around by a few USC defenders, was scooped up by safety Jawanza Starling for an 80-yard touchdown.

"It just felt surreal. Everything slowed down," he said. "I had to wait for the perfect bounce. Scoop and score."

Jonas Gary immediately responded with a 25-yard touchdown run to keep it a one-possession game and after USC missed a 32-yard field goal, it appeared that the Irish had some momentum. Yet again though, turnovers took them right out of the game - this time for good in the fourth after a Galippo fumble recovery and a Nickell Robey interception. 

"They hyped it up," Galippo said. "It showed at the end there, when they didn't call timeouts, they just quit. That's what Notre Dame football is all about. They're not anything like USC."

Bombastic comments aside, the senior does have a point. The Trojans have have won nine of the last 10 in the series, made seven BCS bowl appearances and won two (*) national titles. The Irish? Three trips to a BCS game - all losses - and their last national title came before all but a handful of seniors were even born. In game built up to be their Super Bowl, Kelly's team fell flat on their face.

Oft-criticized and much maligned, Kiffin came out a victory much like Kelly had the year before in Los Angeles. Seeking his first signature win as head coach in cardinal and gold, the 36-year old finally found one by taking a bowl-less team and upsetting another in their bowl game.

"You get the sense that this was their Super Bowl here and (hosting) all of the official visitors and moving it to a night game," Kiffin said. "It's even more pleasing to come in here with all of that stuff going on and have our players play really well.

"I would say it's our team's biggest win since we've been here because of all of the stuff around it."

Disrespected before the game - unranked at 5-1 for the first time in USC history - the Trojans shook off the atmosphere and put together a complete game against their rival to setup a showdown with Pac-12 frontrunner Stanford.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, will try to regroup after failing to meet expectations yet another year.

"Championship football teams play with competitive grace, which means that when the stakes are high and the stage is great, they raise their game," said Kelly. ""Some of our players didn't raise their level of play. That to me is poise and we are still building that."

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Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:53 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Am I the only person in the world that saw a Rapid Report on Lane Kiffin calling this game USCs Super Bowl last week?  Now that they won, it was NDs Super Bowl?  I must have missed something.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:47 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

ND alumni and subway always superficially invoke their "standards" to backhandedly boast about their self-righteous academic superiority when playing victim after a loss. Fact: With the exception of Willingham (and one could argue their last BCS team was recruited by him), in recent years Weis and Kelly have had no problem bringing in highly-rated 4-5 star talent every year but somehow they are missing out on athletes because they're too "dumb" to play for ND. ND is a good school with some more rigorous academic standards than any SEC school save Vanderbilt, but they aren't exactly lacking on the field of play because of their oft-cited academic excellence; Stanford, Cal, Michigan and Virginia are elite academic institutions that somehow don't blame Ws and Ls on their self-congratulatory status and myopic arrogance. Man-up, it's your administration that depends on the Mammon provided by your exclusive contract with Universal, er, NBC contract as Notre Dame the football powerhouse - no one wants to hear the whining.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:29 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

I am amazed that nobody has commented on the fact that Kelly and the Irish QUIT last night.  USC got the ball with well over 6 minutes left in the game, and the Quitting Irish never used one of their three remaining time outs.  Kelly QUIT.  He is a terrible head coach.  He just whones like a little baby and jumps on his players for the mistakes that he and his coaching staff cause.  Notre Dame fans are also a bunch of fools.  Notre Dame is FINISHED as a national contender on a yearly basis, just like every Big 10 team and Big East team is.  Football has become a game where the South and the West run things now, not the North or the East.  There is not ONE single team in the Big East, MAC, Big 10, or Independent that is currently undefeated.  Boise State would whip this hapless Notre Dame team.  Notre Dame is used to losing to USC.  I guess they are also becoming use to losing 3-4 games a year or more.  When does the start for the next head coach start?

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:21 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

I would not have said this 5 years ago, maybe even 3, but, it is time for ND to decide what it wants to do. It either, wants to be a big time football school, or drop to FCS and maintain its standards. They cannot have it both ways. They used to. Not anymore.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:18 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

He had two weeks to get ND ready to play, and they came out of the gate playing like shit.  USC isnt that good, as again ND turns the ball over on their own.  USC had nothing to do with the tunrovers....even the interception was thrown into triple coverage.  BTW...if i were Dayne Crist I would go to a different school.  Unlucky or a choke artist, he finds a away to blow a game.  You know the fans did their part buy being amped up for a game, and the players let the fans down.  USC won, they came ready to play.  Brian Kelly is just a very average coach with suspect play calling ability.  Its very dissapointing that the jackasses running ND cant get the right people in place to start winning fucking football games.

Totally agree with everything that was written and said it on the other post. This is completely on BK. This was a huge weekend for this year and next year with recruits being in South Bend this weekend. See how recruiting tails off the rest of the year and ND may lose some recruits because of it.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:39 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Hey KnuckleHead,

You have the IQ of a moose.  Notre Dame doesn't pay their players?  Well, there's the Kim Dunbar case eh?  But that just scratches the surface.  Notre Dame, with its Catholic money and penchant for keeping things secret (thanks to the Catholic money and thousand years of advice from the Vatican on how to keep things under the rug!), isn't as squeaky clean as you try to make it out to be. want to talk about OJ Simpson?   Okay, 1 murderer who happened to be a football player from USC.  Let's talk about Notre Dame/Catholic church and your holy priests!!!!   Or should I say HOLE-y priests?  Ya, the priests that like little boy holes.  Or even moose holes.  

Notre Dame doesn't care about its students.  Why, it sent one of their student assistants in dangerous conditions only to see him die.  For what?  To film football!  Typical Notre Dame SCUM!   Don't care about anybody but their pedophile priests and overhyped football team.

Or what about the Notre Dame player who raped that poor girl, who later committed suicide?   Typical Notre Dame SCUM!

Keep in mind that THIS is all we know at this point.  Certainly there are more--but Notre Dame uses hush money to preserve its "squeaky clean" image.  

Are you Catholic or ignorant?   

Honestly, I’m not surprised by your comments.   I wouldn’t expect anything different from a Catholic—the same group that likes to protect and hide pedophile priests and practice a religion called Hypocrisy.  So, I guess by some dumb logic, I can assume you’re Catholic with your bitter, hypocritical comments. 

Typical Notre Dame bitterness.

Typical Notre Dame hypocrisy.  

Typical Notre Dame thinking they're better than non-Catholics.  

Hell, Notre Dame gets special BCS privileges (not this year though LOL!!!)---but why?   




Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:21 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Yo, Mouseknuckle  -  You know what USC doesn't do?  It doesn't take dictation from pedophiles.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:06 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Hey Gallipo...

You know what else Notre Dame doesn't do??

Win big games?

Win 9 out of the last 10 years against your rival?


Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:08 pm

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Brian Kelly is a clown all the way around. For the second time this years he has a player who has not played a snap come in to the game during a crucial drive and turn the fucking ball over. I cannot believe there has not been a mutiny in the locker room. My other question is why does Gary Gray still play football at ND. If he was a bed sheet, he could not cover a bed. Kelly should be all over his D-coordinator  as to why this guy is still playing. Problem is, I don't think Kelly cares what is going on when his Offense is on the field. The guy is a little red faced clown, someone needs to whup his ass here soon......................


Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:34 am

Notre Dame falls short once again as USC trounces

Hey Gallipo...

You know what else Notre Dame doesn't do??

Win big games?

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