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Overall Game Grade: B-
While there were some good plays made by the Notre Dame secondary, there were some issues that will need to get worked out before the national championship game.
Twice on the goal line, the Irish were called for pass interference. Now, it ended up working out as the rest of the defense held strong, but the secondary has to make better plays on the ball.
Then there are the seven passes that went for 10 yards or more, including a 53-yard pass to Marqise Lee. The big plays have to end.
Notre Dame did get an interception from KeiVarae Russell, but that was mainly just catching the ball as it was a bad throw from USC quarterback Max Wittek.
The Irish only allowed 186 yards through the air, which is a good sight. But, how much of that had to do with the inexperience of Wittek making his first start?
In the end, the Irish only allowed one touchdown and that's all that matters.