Saturday, October 22, 2011
Final: USC 31, Notre Dame 17
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Is it too early to start booking reservations for Disney World?
Notre Dame's BCS bowl hopes went up in flames Saturday night in a 31-17 loss to USC, its ninth loss to the Trojans in the past 10 meetings.
Three second-half turnovers doomed the Irish, who were trying to mount a comeback from an early 17-0 deficit. The Trojans moved the ball efficiently against the Irish defense throughout the evening, hitting star wideout Robert Woods when it needed to and rushing for more than 200 yards.
The Irish's four-game winning streak came to an end, as they fell to 4-3. Five games remain, but the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., is looking more and more like a reality for a Notre Dame team that entered the season with BCS-bowl aspirations.
Be sure to keep it here for reaction and postgame analysis.