After a nice first play, why would you run a slow developing pitch against one of the fastest defenses in the country? That play call put Notre Dame in a bad third down situation when it should have been third and short. If Notre Dame is going to run the ball at all tonight, it is going to be up the middle.
Great play by Blanton picking off Sanchez. Blanton is going to be a great corner for the Irish. I loved Corwin Brown’s reaction on the sidelines almost as much as Blanton’s pick. Corwin is hands down my favorite assistant coach at Notre Dame since Lou’s days.
Offense gets stalled again in a short yardage situation after Armando Allen set up a 3rd and 2. Offense is going to have a hell of a time moving the ball against USC tonight.
Crap. Mike Anello just got carted off the field with an air cast around his leg. Anello is all heart and had a hell of a season. This is a terrible way to see him end his season.
Robert Blanton is having himself a very nice first quarter. Aside from the interception, he also just made a really nice play on a reverse which should have went for a loss instead of no gain. Blanton engaged the ball carrier and let go with the ball carrier stepping backwards. The forward progress ruling was BS.
Defense is really playing tough so far, as they have all season. If the offense continues to go three and out each time though, the D will run out of gas again.
USC scores and the Irish offense again fails to convert a 3rd and short on the ground. USC’s defense has dominated the Notre Dame offense in the first quarter with the Irish still looking for their first first down of the game.
USC’s offense is starting to settle in. They just converted a 2nd and 16 with a nice looking crossing pattern.
At the end of the first quarter USC’s lead is only 7-0, but it doesn’t feel that close because the offense has sputtered as much as it has. Defense is playing with a lot of heart so far though.
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