USC vs. Notre Dame Report Card: Grading the Trojan Defense


The latest edition of the USC vs. Notre Dame rivalry ended with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback by the Fighting Irish that saw them rack up 17 points on a struggling Trojan defense.

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Here’s how each defensive unit graded out against the Irish:

USC’s defensive line had a weird game to judge. They gave up 143 yards to C.J. Prosise and were bullied in both the first and fourth quarters, when Notre Dame scored 38 of their 41 points. Yet they were very much the hammer –not the nail– in the middle quarters, when they were the main reason for the Irish having just 14 total yards during USC’s 21-0 run to take the lead. During that time, they sacked Kizer four times and were winning one-on-one battles up front. But it didn’t last long. Edge rusher Scott Felix fanned on a tackle of Kizer to start a 90-yard drive to tie the game and the defense was toast from then on out, especially up front. Plus, as 

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