USC Football: Grading the Trojans Game Against Notre Dame

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USC Football: Grading the Trojans Game Against Notre Dame
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"Signature Win."

It is a phrase often used to identify a big victory for a beleaguered team or coach and one that Lane Kiffin has been searching for since he returned to Los Angeles.

Well, he finally found it.

Though it wasn't easy, USC's 31-17 victory over nine point favorite Notre Dame was convincing, and for Kiffin and his Trojans, they finally shed the "can't win a big game" monkey in front of a national television audience and a packed house in South Bend.

Best of all for the Trojans, it was a complete team effort, one that was led by the unlikeliest of heroes.

Fueled by a potent running game that had been in hibernation for most of the season and a suddenly stout and opportunistic defense, USC ripped the hearts out of a throng of towel waving Irish fans as the Trojans easily played their best game of the year.

But how did the Trojans rise so completely to the occasion?

What units did their job and what about those (if any) who didn't?

Here is the Trojans report card for this first game of the second half of the season.

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