SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- There are considerably fewer of these to hand out following a loss, but several Notre Dame players managed to stand out in a 23-20 defeat:
Michael Floyd: The senior hauled in a career-high 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He passed Jeff Samardzija's previous school record of 179 career receptions, finishing the day with 183 for his career. And he moved into second on the school's all-time receiving yards list (2,693), trailing only Golden Tate (2,707).
Cierre Wood: Wood ran for 104 yards on 21 carries, becoming the first Irish back to eclipse the century mark in a game since Armando Allen did against UConn in 2009. He added three catches for 44 yards, including a career-best 31-yarder on the Irish's first play from scrimmage.
Manti Te'o: The defense as a whole deserves plenty of credit for holding USF to just one touchdown in less than ideal circumstances, and it was led by Te'o. The junior linebacker had a team-high nine tackles, including a sack on third-and-9 in the second quarter that forced a 52-yard field goal attempt Maikon Bonani couldn't connect on.