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Saturday, September 3, 2011
USF builds on lead vs. Notre Dame

By Andrea Adelson

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- USF has a 16-0 lead thanks to three Notre Dame turnovers. The defense is coming up with big plays when they need them. The offense is doing just enough, even if it looks a bit uneven.

The Bulls have 10 points off three Notre Dame turnovers. It could have been more. After DeDe Lattimore saved another drive with an interception in the end zone, USF got no points. Theo Riddick muffed a punt and Victor Marc recovered to give the ball to USF on the Notre Dame 20. But the Bulls got a 36-yard field goal from Maikon Bonani.

Points are points, especially on the road. So no quibbling here. The USF defense has gotten better as the game has gone on, especially the defensive line, which has gotten more pressure on Dayne Crist. Notre Dame receivers are helping matters with butter fingers. But the USF defensive backs have had some nice break ups. Kayvon Webster, who had the fumble return for a touchdown earlier in the game, had a nice one in the end zone on the drive that ended with the Lattimore interception.

Though the offense hasn't gotten into much of a rhythm, they have done a nice job of mixing up the play calling. B.J. Daniels continues to run the ball; there have been some five-receiver sets and a few shots downfield, along with a power run game as well. You cannot complain with this game plan. And the best part of all-- there have been no turnovers from USF.

The rain has started to come down in South Bend, with severe thunderstorms a possibility. With a 16-0 lead, USF has got to feel good if the game turns into a slog.