November 26, 2006

Missed chances doom Irish offense

LOS ANGELES - Brady Quinn didn't want to point fingers after Notre Dame's 44-24 loss to Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum. That's probably a good thing considering the quarterback couldn't have assigned all the necessary blame with just two hands on Saturday night, not when viewing a Notre Dame offense that too often came up uncharacteristically short.

The Irish, which had made a living turning red zone chances into touchdowns this season at a 79 percent clip, made good on just 3-of-5 chances inside the 20-yard line against the Trojans. Worse, they turned six first half drives that extended into USC territory into just 10 points.

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