SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- USF jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead on Notre Dame thanks to some big-time defense.
Notre Dame marched down to the 1-yard line on the first drive, but Jerrell Young stripped Jonas Gray. Kayvon Webster picked up the ball and returned it 99 yards for a score. USF added a 49-yard field goal from Maikon Bonani to go up 10-0 in the first quarter.
It is early in the game, but a few takeaways so far: Notre Dame has gotten its way on the offensive line, and that allowed the Irish to break off some big runs and pass plays on the first few drives drives. But give the USF defense props for making the big plays when they needed. USF already is rotating in plenty of defensive linemen. True freshman Elkino Watson has seen the first playing time of his career. On his first play in, he made a tackle.
USF has only had one drive on offense, but it featured two designed runs for B.J. Daniels. Demetris Murray started the game at running back, but both he and Darrell Scott got carries. Sterling Griffin also had his first catch since 2009.
Storm clouds are rolling in, so we could see some rain here shortly.