Saturday, September 3, 2011
Halftime: USF 16, Notre Dame 0
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here's a quick analysis of what's gone wrong for the Irish in a dismal first half against the Bulls:
- Turning point: Everything was going the Irish's way on its first drive until it wasn't. Jonas Gray's fumble at the 1-yard line and Kayvon Webster's subsequent 96-yard return for a touchdown completely changed everything in the first half.
- Stat of the half: Notre Dame has three turnovers. South Florida has none. Two of the Irish's miscues came in the red zone and the other, Theo Riddick's fumbled punt return, put USF in the red zone. That has been the difference so far.
- What Notre Dame needs to do: The Irish offense needs to establish the kind of rhythm it thought it had on its opening drive, which will be all the more difficult with rain now coming down. The defense has done its part so far.