Hear It From a Student - Three Things

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USC 7.jpg Three things we learned ...

1.) Turnovers break hearts ... Notre Dame had played two consecutive games of turnover-free football going into the USC weekend but that trend ended as the Irish committed three turnovers in the game. Not only did the Irish commit three turnovers, but they committed yet another turnover inside USC's 10-yard line. With the Irish in position to tie the game at 17-17, a botched snap resulted in a fumble recovery for a touchdown. That play swung the entire momentum of the game as Notre Dame never seemed to recover.

2.) Notre Dame Stadium can be a loud, loud stadium ... But there is still some work to be done. Both head coaches used the word electric to describe the game atmosphere during their post-game press conference. However, as the game wore on a number of the students got restless of hearing 'Crazy Train' (which was played on third and fourth downs). Granted, this is likely due to the fact that on the first drive alone the song was played multiple times after USC converted a number of third and fourth downs to keep the drive going.

If the Irish stopped the Trojans on the first third down, students - and fans - would have fallen in love with the song. Regardless, the music made Notre Dame Stadium alive for most of the game. Hopefully that trend continues.

3.) George Atkinson III is a fantastic kickoff returner ... For the second time this season, George Atkinson III ran a kickoff back for a touchdown. Atkinson brought the energy back into the stadium and got Notre Dame on the scoreboard. His 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown made him the fourth FBS player to record two kickoff return touchdowns this season. In fact, the return was the fifth longest kickoff return in Notre Dame history.

- Andrew Bartolini ('13)

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