2011 College Football Week 1 Scores: Fighting Irish Running with the Bulls
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the USF Bulls are finally playing football again after an extended rain delay at halftime.
The score currently stands at 16-7 with a little over four minutes left in the third quarter.
The biggest story of this game doesn’t lie on the scoreboard. Sophomore Tommy Rees has replaced senior Dayne Crist behind center. He is 7-10 with a touchdown so far. Rees was locked in a heated quarterback battle with Crist to start the year.
On the ground Cierre Wood has run for 94 yards. He continues to impress with his elusive running ability, and his ability to find his way through the holes in the line. With the unsettled quarterback situation, Wood’s production becomes more and more important.
Michael Floyd has caught the ball today instead of catching headlines in a negative way. He has six catches and a touchdown. Every time he hauls one in, it’s exciting to see Floyd’s strength and body control. His body type allows him to absorb contact from the secondary and also allows him to drag defenders for yards after the catch.
Notre Dame’s defense has only allowed 179 yards total. However, the Fighting Irish’s four turnovers make this performance look worse than it is. The Irish have handed the Bulls several golden opportunities.
Considering the weak Notre Dame defense from a year ago this is encouraging. The secondary seems more alert, and Manti Te’o continues to be, well, himself. Te’o gives the Irish a legitimate All-American talent on defense. He makes plays all over the field, and plays with a leaders’ attitude.
The Irish must continue their momentum as this game concludes, and as they roll into their matchup against the high-powered Michigan Wolverine’s offense. If nothing else, South Florida has definitely caught the Irish’s attention.
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