November 26, 2006

Trojans catch Irish in speed trap

LOS ANGELES - Charlie Weis made the question rhetorical. What he needed was a practical answer.

In the build-up to Notre Dame's 44-24 letdown at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday night, the Irish head coach was asked how his team would react to USC's renowned team speed. Weis didn't have a solution, and based on the results, the Irish defense didn't find one until the Trojans had already scored touchdowns on their first three drives.

It was no great revelation that USC represented a step up for Notre Dame's defense after Army, Air Force and North Carolina. The surprise was how badly the Irish stumbled against a USC team that hadn't scored this many points since its season-opener.


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