SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here is a quick halftime analysis of the USF-Notre Dame game:
Turning point: The opening drive of the game. Notre Dame easily drove down the field on USF and made it all the way to the 1. But Jonas Gray was stripped by Jerrell Young. Kayvon Webster picked up the ball and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead for the Bulls. Notre Dame has been out of sorts since then, with two more turnovers and zero points.
Stat of the half: Zero. Notre Dame has had two trips inside the USF 5-yard line and came away with zero points. In addition to the fumble by Gray, Dayne Crist threw an interception into the end zone to DeDe Lattimore.
What USF needs to do: The recipe for the second half should be the same as the first. USF played quite a clean first half -- no turnovers and just one penalty for five yards. They do not want to crawl into a hole and get too conservative, but you can bet they will continue to try to establish B.J. Daniels, Darrell Scott and Demetris Murray in the ground game. Daniels actually leads the team with 39 yards on nine carries at halftime.
What Notre Dame needs to do: Quit turning the ball over and take advantage of long drives. The Irish actually outgained USF in the first half 191-144. They have been able to get some nice chunks on the ground. Cierre Wood has 84 first-half yards on 15 carries. So Notre Dame has been able to move the ball. But three turnovers and five penalties have been absolute killers.