Notre Dame v. USC in progress

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Watching the big game ... Notre Dame up by a field goal.

The Irish had them by 7 at the half. Not the first time USC has been down at half time, but this isn't a case where they took the first 30 minutes off. Both teams were clearly up for this one.

The Irish have had chances to grab a little breathing room. With USC down by 7, they picked off Leinart and returned the ball to Trojan territory but failed to cash in. In the sequence that just ended, Notre Dame had stopped USC at their own 1, forcing a weak punt from the end zone. The Irish missed a field goal, again failing to muster any points out of an opportunity, despite driving to USC's 10.

I wonder if the magnitude of things is getting to Notre Dame QB BradyQuinn - suddenly he's overthrowing everyone.

Bottom line: it's still anybody's ball game. 3 pts is nothing to USC's offense. Reggie Bush has already run wild in and beyond the Irish secondary on several occasions. On a breakaway TD run he slowed up to showboat heading into the end zone and got pushed on his face by a trailing Irish DB, which was gratifying.

Notre Dame may live to regret the failed opportunities. They're ahead, but it's not like they've been having an easy time of it on offense.


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