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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Notre Dame trailing early

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Well, the first two drives for each team didn't go completely South Florida's way.

Notre Dame did come up with a couple of key stops at its own goal line after consecutive facemask penalties on Harrison Smith put the Bulls in position to make it a three-possession game early. A 17-yard field goal from Maikon Bonani has instead made it 13-0 in the first quarter.

The Irish's offense was clicking on all cylinders on its opening drive before a costly fumble by running back Jonas Gray on a third-and-goal from the 2-yard line resulted in a 96-yard score for South Florida, with Kayvon Webster doing the leg work on the return for the Bulls.

Maikon Bonani matched a career-long by connecting on a 49-yard field goal attempt on USF's first offensive possession.

Cierre Wood has 8 carries for 42 yards and got things started with a 31-yard reception on the first play of the game, but it all went for naught following the turnover.

Let's see if the Irish offense can take a cue from its 'D' following a big stuff.