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10:38 AM ET 11.28 | Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick had zero interest in discussing the various bowl entanglements his football program will navigate in the next week or so, not with an invigorating win over USC to celebrate foremost on Saturday night. That said, the Irish's postseason fate seemed to clear up fairly significantly with the 20-16 win over the Trojans. The path seems relative clear to the Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl, but there is no provision to automatically send Notre Dame to that game now that it has that seventh win.

Chicago Tribune

Brian Kelly, AP Brian Kelly, AP
November 28, 2010  10:43 AM ET

How about that Notre Dame football team!

November 28, 2010  10:44 AM ET

You know, toward the end of the game, I thought Lane Kiffin looked like he was going to cry. Poor little fellar; he was just a boy.

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November 28, 2010  10:56 AM ET

I was at the game gents and I can tell you that they all KNEW they were on the road to perdition before the 3rd quarter was over. Score tied or what, that crowd was beat. And 'ya know...its not like we didn't try to help them out a bunch. We said "here boys" a bunch a times and just gave 'em that ball ta be nice...they still couldn't win! The rain was a real pyssr though, it made the game real soggy for a California event.

November 28, 2010  10:59 AM ET
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Revenge IS sweet, huh Stu?I followed you and Van on the threads last night. I imagine you both have sweet hangovers this morning.How long has it been since the Irish have been to a bowl game?

2008 Hawaii Bowl

November 28, 2010  11:00 AM ET
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I was at the game gents and I can tell you that they all KNEW they were on the road to perdition before the 3rd quarter was over. Score tied or what, that crowd was beat. And 'ya know...its not like we didn't try to help them out a bunch. We said "here boys" a bunch a times and just gave 'em that ball ta be nice...they still couldn't win! The rain was a real pyssr though, it made the game real soggy for a California event.

Defense played well to overcome Tommy "St. Francis of Assisi" Rees.

November 28, 2010  11:01 AM ET
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How about that Notre Dame football team!

Congrats on the win, Stu.

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November 28, 2010  11:12 AM ET
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How about that defense? Four turnovers in our zone and only allow 16 points. The only TD came because they recovered a fumble at the 2 and it took USC 4 plays to get 6.**** Kirk Herbstreit

When was the last time, you could say the defense won one for us. USC made some mistakes but ND's defense showed up last night.

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November 28, 2010  11:26 AM ET
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Cmon man. USC is not an offensive juggernaut. Their OL, the first line of defense against a defense, is putrid and Mitch Mustain was QB'ing. Not sure that's how you want to gauge your D.

After so many years of flatlining, it's just nice to see that the patient has a pulse. The last 4 games, the ND defense shows signs of life.

November 28, 2010  11:46 AM ET
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Cmon man. USC is not an offensive juggernaut. Their OL, the first line of defense against a defense, is putrid and Mitch Mustain was QB'ing. Not sure that's how you want to gauge your D.

I seriously question our gameplanning last night. I realize it was Mustain's first start and all but jeeeeezus. We played right into their strengths. Our O-line needs alot of work, and until late in the game we didn't take many chances down the field. The domers are certainly improved, but no friggin way should we have given that game away. Especially with Rees giving us the ball 4 freakin times.

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November 28, 2010  11:59 AM ET
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OK. I guess it true what they say about the little things.

Same things happen, 4 turnovers, in any of the last 6 years and the defense would have completely folded up the tent. That didn't happen last night. Granted that they got some breaks and SC looked thrown off all night, but the ND defense kept them in the game.

November 28, 2010  12:31 PM ET

GO IRISH ! ! !

November 28, 2010  12:35 PM ET
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I don't know if its folding so much as the USC offense was elite with playmakers everywhere and NFL quality OLinemen. This year outside of Woods nobodys has shown much, their are using a 2nd string QB who last started a game in 2006 and an Oline full of juco players and has beens.Its great the D stood up but I would take it with a grain of reality. The confidence won't hurt them though.

We are certainly good enough to win our bowl game dont ya think,, its not like the Irish will make a BCS bowl this time,, or will we ?? Ha ha ha...

November 28, 2010  12:38 PM ET
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Erm...question. Wouldn't it have been ND not USC that gave the game away if we lost? Four turnovers inside our 30... We outplayed SC the whole game for the first time in over a decade. We doubled your rushing yards.Like I said all week, it was going to be a close, low-scoring game in which our defense would be the difference.

I say we gave it away for a couple of reasons. First being, Rees is still a freshman playing on that kind of stage. Not realistic to think he wouldn't get a little rattled in such a big rivalry game. You expect him (or any freshman for that matter) to not give the ball away a couple of times???

Second, and this is where I thought we really sheeted the bed, we should have been throwing the ball all night. I don't care if if was Mustains first start in 4 years. Yeah he probably would have had one or two picked, but your D is much better up front, than in the back. No way would your DB's have been able to stay with Woods and RoJo for 4 quarters. That of course, would have loosened up the front 7 to gain some yards on the ground.

You guys deserved to win last night, no doubt about it. I wouldn't say you outplayed us the whole game though. That's a stretch. Hopefully we can get back on track next year.

 
November 28, 2010  12:50 PM ET
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I say we gave it away for a couple of reasons. First being, Rees is still a freshman playing on that kind of stage. Not realistic to think he wouldn't get a little rattled in such a big rivalry game. You expect him (or any freshman for that matter) to not give the ball away a couple of times???Second, and this is where I thought we really sheeted the bed, we should have been throwing the ball all night. I don't care if if was Mustains first start in 4 years. Yeah he probably would have had one or two picked, but your D is much better up front, than in the back. No way would your DB's have been able to stay with Woods and RoJo for 4 quarters. That of course, would have loosened up the front 7 to gain some yards on the ground. You guys deserved to win last night, no doubt about it. I wouldn't say you outplayed us the whole game though. That's a stretch. Hopefully we can get back on track next year.

Well you guys better be ranked next year,, the Irish are sure to be in the top 10, no more of this mediocre bull crap. AGREED !!

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