Daily Dish - 9.4.11

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-Some late notes from Notre Dame Stadium after the Notre Dame-USF football game included these items:

*It marked the first time a Notre Dame graduate brought a team to Notre Dame Stadium and won since Eddie Anderson did it with Iowa in 1940.

*Notre Dame's defense has now allowed only five opponent offensive touchdowns over its last six games combined.

*Before Jonas Gray's first-period lost fumble, Irish running backs had not lost a fumble on any of their last 224 carries.

*Michael Floyd became Notre Dame's career leader in receptions in the third period against USF with his 180th all-time catch, to pass Jeff Samardzija (Floyd now has183).

*Floyd enjoyed his 14th career 100-yard receiving yard day and is now one away from career leader Golden Tate's total of 15.

*Floyd needs only 15 receiving yards this week against Michigan to pass Tate's career receiving yards record of 2,707.

*Floyd's 12 catches against USF marked a single-game high for him (and two away from Maurice Stovall's single-game record of 14 from 2005).

- Here are snippets from Brian Kelly's media teleconference on Monday:

*On the QB situation - "We're evaluating that right now. We've just finished grading all the film. We'll meet here about four to start to discuss things relative to personnel and then whatever decision we make, we'll talk to the quarterbacks involved and then get rolling again on Monday with the decision as to how we go."

*On the long halftime - "It gave us more chance to go over what we were doing and what they were doing against us with Tommy (Rees)."

*On punter Ben Turk - "It still goes back to how you respond when 81,000 people are out there. He's our best guy. We see that every day in practice. When it's game time he's got to perform. We're at that point now where the guys we have, there's not another guy. They simply have to get better when we get into game situations."

*On reasons for optimism - "I think they know there's no cupcakes. You play good teams right out of the gate. We probably played as poorly as we can in terms of execution. We played hard, we fought, we had great resolve. Our guys hung together. So I think our future is bright."

*More on the QB assessment - "Sometimes you want to evaluate - was it as bad as you thought or was it better than you thought because when you take a step back and look at the film you get a better understanding of maybe it wasn't the quarterback's fault on this play. We'll find out where we want to go for the rest of the season and that will be a critical decision."

*On the defense - "I thought they played pretty strong. If you look at the 23 points, 10 were a direct result of turnovers and another three were on a short field on a punt return. There are some things we've got to clean up, but they're really specific, they're not far-reaching issues. Too many penalties would be the first thing."

*On the decision between the two QBs - "This isn't going to be trying to gain a tactical advantage because they run a very similar system."

*On how well the defensive and offensive lines played -"Certainly well enough for us to win the football game."

*On Theo Riddick - "We're going to start Theo again at that position (returning punts). He didn't look great back there. I was probably as nervous as anybody else when the ball went up in the air. But we've got to get him through that. He's capable of doing it. He can track the ball. We've got to get him to that next level."

- ESPN's College GameDay crew will head to the Notre Dame-Michigan football game Saturday night in Ann Arbor.

- Former Irish QB/WR Arnaz Battle today was named the special teams captain for 2011 for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.

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