Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/29/14
Notre Dame is back on top of the football world, and they can thanks some friendly calls from the officials in the Pitt and Stanford games for helping them get there. They can also thank USC boy wonder Lane Kiffin for his awful playcalling and clock management at the end of Saturday’s game for a major assist. The Trojans were down 22-13 with 5:58 left in the game and got a great kick return from Marqise Lee to the 45 following a Notre Dame field goal. Quarterback Max Wittek then completed a 53-yard pass to Lee that took the ball down to the two. At that point, it looked like the Trojans would score a touchdown and have plenty of time to get a defensive stop and the ball back for a game-winning field goal. But things didn’t unfold as planned. Kiffin’s offense operated with the urgency of a retired senior citizen on vacation. They routinely took at least 15 seconds between plays, and they used over three minutes in clock time to run eight plays. They didn’t even score a touchdown. T...
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