USF needs to regain momentum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It feels as if USF needs to make something big happen offensively against Notre Dame.

The Bulls have managed just 48 yards and three first downs in the third quarter. They still lead 16-7 going into the final quarter, but Notre Dame has gained yards left and right all game. The Irish feel as if they are on the verge of taking the game over, but then make one mistake after another.

Notre Dame has gotten into the red zone on all its third quarter drives. The first ended with another turnover, when Mike Lanaris intercepted Tommy Rees. Incredibly, that was the third red-zone turnover of the game for the Irish.

Michael Floyd caught a touchdown pass to close it to 16-7. But David Ruffer just missed a 30-yard field goal on another red-zone trip. The Bulls need a sustained drive to keep the ball away from the Irish and get some more points on the board. The lead feels too precarious right now.