The Grades

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.

QUARTERBACK

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.

B-

RUNNING BACKS

C.J. Gable is not always spectacular but he is proving to be reliable and the Trojans dont drop off with him starting.

C+

WIDE RECEIVERS

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.

A-

OFFENSIVE LINE

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.

B-

DEFENSIVE LINE

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.

B

LINEBACKERS

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.

C+

DEFENSIVE BACKS

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.

C

SPECIAL TEAMS

A blocked punt, a missed extra point, short kickoffs . . . but Desmond Reeds 43-yard punt return made a lot of people happy.

C-

COACHING

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.

B

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Digg Tumblr Email