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Irish Insights

  • Irish get more watch list honors
    Three more Notre Dame players were named to watch lists.
  • Brindza on Lou Groza watch list
    Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Lou Groza Award. The Lou Groza Award is given annually to the nation's best placekicker.
  • Two more Irish land on watch lists
    Notre Dame center Nick Martin was placed on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player at that position.
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Irish lead after 1

LOS ANGELES – Notre Dame started Saturday night’s game almost exactly how it wanted to as the Irish lead USC 10-0 after the first quarter.Notre Dame opened the game hitting all the right spots on offense, until it got deep in Trojan territory.

The Irish sprinted down to the Trojans’ 8 on six plays, but Notre Dame’s opening push ran out of steam there as Kyle Brindza completed the game’s first series with a 27-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 11:25 left in the opening quarter.

Notre Dame went ahead 10-0 on its next possession. The Irish marched 87 yards on 12 plays with Theo Riddick capping the scoring drive with a 9-yard TD run right up the middle with 1:48 left in the first quarter.

The drive was kept alive by tight end Tyler Eifert making a spectacular juggling catch on third-and-9 from USC’s 24 to get Notre Dame to the 11.

Irish quarterback Everett Golson completed 7 of 8 passes for 100 yards in the first quarter.

USC quarterback Max Wittek, starting in place in the injured Matt Barkley, missed his first three passes but hit 4 of his next 4 passes and has the Trojans on the Irish’s 11 to start the second quarter.

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