5 Stars: The best and worst of Notre Dame’s loss to USC

This was a game where we saw the likely Heisman winner take a game over and win it for USC.

Caleb Williams did enough to put him at the front of the pack, as the Irish fell to the Trojans, 38-27.

Find out below who was the best, five stars, and worst, one star, in Notre Dame’s loss at USC.

5  - Tight end Michael Mayer Once again, the tight end was the star of the offense. Another two scores (adding to his school record) to go along with 98 yards. 

He was the best player on the field when Williams was on the sideline.

Mayer really showed the country that he is the best at his position tonight.

4  - Defensive end Isaiah Foskey In what might have been his last game with the Irish, 

 A sack and forced fumble in the first half then Caleb Williams happened.

3  - Marcus Freeman Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Marcus Freeman reacts 

You have to be proud of this teams fight. They could have rolled over after starting the year 3-3 but the kept fighting,

2 - The referees I’m not one to complain about the refs, as long as they’re consistent with the calls,

The spots for the short yardage plays the Irish barely missed, there questionable.

 It wasn’t the reason why the Irish ultimately lost, but it sure didn’t help.

1. The Irish struggled most of the night trying to get USC ball carriers to the ground.

 When they needed plays in the backfield, the Trojans escaped the first attempt and turned upfield.

 It came from all three levels, it wasn’t just a few players.

 For a team that was a very sure tackling team in their recent games, this cost the Irish dearly.

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