Here’s the USC-Notre Dame report card:
RESULT: NO. 3 USC 44, NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 24.
RECORD: 10-1, 7-1.
WEEK 11 GPA: 2.62.
Other than a horrendous stretch where he threw two interceptions in three plays, John David Booty actually played one of his better games. Especially when Dwayne Jarrett catches everything in sight.
C.J. Gable is not always spectacular but he is proving to be reliable and the Trojans dont drop off with him starting.
Dwayne Jarrett looked like an All-American, although he might not be one this season. It would be interesting if he and Steve Smith ever had big games together.
Notre Dame brought a lot of pressure but registered only one sack. Kyle Williams played a courageous game following a long week with the flu.
Who picked Fili Moala to be the best lineman of the night? Moala had five solo tackles, a sack, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble.
In a nice gesture, Pete Carroll started Oscar Lua in his final home game. A better gesture would have been to give Lua more playing time in the previous 10 games. Dallas Sartz ended his Coliseum career with a bang, leading the team with eight tackles.
One of those games where the secondary made some great deflections and also allowed some big completions, as Rhema McKnight had 109 yards in receptions.
A blocked punt, a missed extra point, short kickoffs . . . but Desmond Reeds 43-yard punt return made a lot of people happy.
Imagine in a close game if USC had 12 men on the field after a timeout, or burned all its timeouts with more than 12 minutes remaining, there would be plenty of second guessing. But lately USC has not had any close games.