USC vs. Notre Dame: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Trojans

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIOctober 19, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Javorius Allen #37 of the USC Trojans celebrates with tight end Randall Telfer #82 after scoring on a four yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 38-31.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame and USC locked in their 85th battle with the Irish coming out on top.

Final: Notre Dame 14, USC 10

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USC Trojans Game Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseD+D-
Rush OffenseB-C-
Pass DefenseDB-
Rush DefenseC-C+
Special TeamsC-F
vs. Notre Dame

Final Grades for USC Trojans

Pass Offense: Cody Kessler is not a good quarterback. He did have 201 yards passing, but he looked lost throughout the night as he failed to move the ball down the field. The Trojans have to make a change under center.

Rush Offense: Silas Redd was a beast, running for 112 yards. The rest of the team was limited to 17 yards. The Trojans were limited to 38 yards in the second half as they struggled to move the ball.

Pass Defense: The Irish were limited to running the ball after Tommy Rees left the game. Andrew Hendrix attempted four passes, but none of them were close to his receivers. The secondary deserves a lot of credit for their work.

Rush Defense: The Trojans allowed 129 yards on the ground, holding the line in the second half, allowing only 34 yards. They gave USC a chance to win, but the offense couldn't come through.

Special Teams: Two missed field goals by Andre Heidari doomed the Trojans. If he makes them, the outcome is different in this one.

Coaching: It wasn't a bad coaching job on the defensive side of the ball, but things have to change on offense. They're just not getting the job done.

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 19:  Cody Kessler #6 of the University of Southern California Trojans passes against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 19, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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First-Half Grades for USC Trojans

Pass Offense: Cody Kessler is 9-for-16 for 94 yards, but had only 27 yards in the second quarter. If he continues to miss on his passes, the Irish will be able to key in on the run, which wouldn't be good.

Rush Offense: Silas Redd was a beast in the first half, rushing for 91 yards on 14 carries, along with a touchdown. If the passing game can get going, Redd is going to have more space to work with on runs.

Pass Defense: Tommy Rees has had a field day in the pocket as he's 12-for-17 for 148 yards and two touchdowns. The defensive line is creating much pressure, giving Rees a lot of time to make his throws.

Rush Defense: The Trojans have allowed 95 yards on the ground with 83 coming from Cam McDaniel. Notre Dame has been able to move the ball easily, something the Trojans have to improve upon in the second half.

Special Teams: Andre Heidari was 1-of-2 on field goals in the half, making one from 22 yards and missing one from 40 yards.

Coaching: While it would be nice for the Trojans to have more points, the defense is looking pretty good, despite trailing in this game...