#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-USC

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Twitter can be a fun (or depressing) and brutally honest (or unreasonable) place during Notre Dame football games. That's why we open up this space for the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter after games.

During the game, readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and observations with the #NDInsider hashtag to be considered for our postgame fan recap. They joined us with their 140-character takes during the game.

As always, we asked for pregame predictions. One fan (@mpatrick_24) was extremely confident, while others were a little more cautious. The confident pick ended up pretty close to Notre Dame's 49-14 victory.

ND 42

USC 10#NDInsider

— Patrick (@mpatrick_24) October 21, 2017

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— Patrick Cortesi (@patio44) October 21, 2017

This maybe the single most important game for @CoachBrianKelly as Head Coach at @NDFootball A MUST WIN #NDvsUSC#GoIrish#NDInsider

— Joel DeLorge (@JoelDeLorge) October 21, 2017

Last pre-kick off thought: Martini's absence seems like it's going to matter. #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) October 21, 2017

Notre Dame helped wipe away any early trepidation with a fast start. Linebacker Te'von Coney stripped quarterback Sam Darnold on USC's first offensive play. The Irish converted that turnover into a 26-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Wimbush to Equanimeous St. Brown. On the next offensive series for Notre Dame, Wimbush found Kevin Stepherson for a 23-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Gorgeous play calling by Notre Dame after that turnover. #NDInsider#NDvsUSC#Irish

— Matt Lozar (@matt_lozar) October 21, 2017

EQ. It's been a minute. #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) October 21, 2017

YESSSSSSS offense...don't let our defense be the only studs out here tonight...EQ let's go...#NDInsider#USCvsND

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) October 21, 2017

WELCOME BACK, KJ!! #NDInsider

— Jude (@andrewwinn) October 22, 2017

Those hands tho #NDInsider#NDvsUSC

— Carleton Butler (@carleton_butler) October 22, 2017

Notre Dame's defense held up it's end of the deal. The first three USC drives ended in a fumble and two punts in just nine plays. The Trojans put together a drive on the fourth series, but it was ruined by a missed 27-yard field goal.

ND defense making Darnold look rattled and confused early on... #NDInsider

— Paul_In_Maple (@CLE_CLCFan) October 22, 2017

Huge missed FG! Keeping USC scoreless. I ❤️ it. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 22, 2017

Notre Dame took a 21-0 lead shortly after Drue Tranquill recovered a botched punt return by USC. Three plays later, Josh Adams punched in a three-yard touchdown run. The growing margin brought on some strong (and hilarious) reactions from Irish fans.

*Because so many great GIFs were submitted, I decided to cut this section short and put the remaining GIFs at the end of this Twitter Chatter.

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— Jeff Wheeler (@JeffFaFa101915) October 22, 2017

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— Nicholas Ayers (@NicholasAyers) October 22, 2017

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— Ernesto Alvarado (@ErnestoAlvarad6) October 22, 2017

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— Knute's_Kid (@Bring_Back_Cito) October 22, 2017

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— Aaron Wilson (@AMWilson33) October 22, 2017

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— Jude (@andrewwinn) October 22, 2017

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— Chris Kosiak (@C_K_42) October 22, 2017

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— Go Irish (@IrishRVA) October 22, 2017

@TJamesNDI#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/MiwNifWI6h

— The New ND Network (@TNNDN) October 22, 2017

WOOOOOO!!! #NDInsider#NDvsUSCpic.twitter.com/JowAtCf3ie

— Joel DeLorge (@JoelDeLorge) October 22, 2017

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— Victoria Jacobsen (@Vicky_Jacobsen) October 22, 2017

Notre Dame pushed its lead to 28-0 by halftime with a Wimbush touchdown run. That score would have been an unlikely final for Saturday's matchup of ranked teams, let alone a halftime margin. The Irish couldn't have asked for a better start.

#NDInsider...id say #ND is announcing their arrival to the Playoff talk & it's not even halftime!! #GoIRISH

— Julie DeMaegd (@jdjules2u) October 22, 2017

If you would’ve told me that ND would be up 28-0 at half, I would not have believed you. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 22, 2017

Absolutely dominant running game and tough D. Smash mouth on both sides of the ball #NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) October 22, 2017

#NDInsider Defense!!! Not afraid at all

— Steve DePoy (@SteveDePoy) October 22, 2017

#NDInsider the dominant performance by the offensive and defensive lines.

— Jim Mordaunt (@WhatHeDoingHere) October 22, 2017

#NDInsider Wimbush looks like a completely different QB than the earlier games

— rrat (@RRatkay) October 22, 2017

Wimbush can throw! #NDInsider

— Josh (@jmc_926) October 22, 2017

Opportunistic defense #NDInsider

— Mr. Sarcasm (@sarcasm4_u) October 22, 2017

ND looking good in all phases, but another half to go. Hold me! #NDInsider

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) October 22, 2017

Total defensive domination #NDInsider

— William Redmond (@parkslopeirish) October 22, 2017

Irish totally prepared in all phases.

Physical everywhere.#NDInsider

— lv teacher (@lv_teacher) October 22, 2017

#ndinsider Pass Rush! https://t.co/maL2l97sHi

— Perry Osborn (@ND_OB) October 22, 2017

Defense. Defense. Defense. Make turnovers into points. Great half. #NDInsider

— Chris Scheiber (@scheib43) October 22, 2017

Am I the only one who thinks the second could completely flip and this ends up close. Notre Dame has taken their foot off the throats of many opponents. #NDInsider

— Dave Hodges (@Big_DHodges) October 22, 2017

O-LINE U! #NDInsider

— J.J. Gregg (@Mr_Gregg) October 22, 2017

Let's slow our roll everyone. Four score leads are the worst leads. (Kinda serious) #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) October 22, 2017

Wimbush putting on a clinic as well as both lines just dominating #NDInsider

— Yimmy (@Jim_e312) October 22, 2017

Just a reminder that USC has scored 43 percent of its points this season in the fourth quarter or overtime. #NDFB#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/Xw98nHE6M5

— Jude (@andrewwinn) October 22, 2017

@NDFootball Fan, probably#NDInsider

— ND Club of Miami (@NDMiami) October 22, 2017

USC's offense showed some signs of life in the third quarter with Darnold making plays for the Trojans. He put USC on the board with a touchdown pass to Steven Mitchell. Wimbush responded with another touchdown run.

Another Darnold touchdown pass, this time for 16 yards to Deontay Burnett, put the score at 35-14 and threatened to put some game pressure on Notre Dame. What little pressure existed evaporated in one play: an 84-yard, untouched run by Adams for a touchdown.

@TJamesNDI I heard Sam Darnold just tried to force his way into the Notre Dame locker room. Live look in of the confrontation #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/ckvivaae9V

— Jude (@andrewwinn) October 22, 2017

Darnold is going to put up a boatload of "garbage time" stats in the second half... #NDInsider

— Paul_In_Maple (@CLE_CLCFan) October 22, 2017

He Gawn #NDinsider

— Pat, from Texas (@elbigpadre) October 22, 2017

Adams should have did the Heisman pose on the end of that run. #ndinsider#NDvsUSC

— Carleton Butler (@carleton_butler) October 22, 2017

That Josh Adams run was a thing of beauty. The right guard made that hole for him!#NDvUSC#NDInsider

— Robert (@REMMER1551) October 22, 2017

When is Josh Adams going to start getting some national recognition!?!?! @NDFootball#NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) October 22, 2017

How can Josh Adams from Notre Dame NOT be in the talk for Heisman? Look at the strength of schedule, stats! #NDInsider

— James Dunkelberger (@jdunkirish7) October 22, 2017

@TJamesNDI is Kelly going to try to return the favor for all the points Carroll put up on ND? #NDinsider

— Pat, from Texas (@elbigpadre) October 22, 2017

#AdamsForHeisman#AdamsForHeisman#AdamsForHeisman#AdamsForHeisman#NDInsider#AdamsForHeisman#NDinMiami#AdamsForHeisman

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— ND Club of Miami (@NDMiami) October 22, 2017

Thanks to USC, Josh Adams just keeps running and running and running... #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/XM2hYFlzIK

— Dave Hancock (@dhancock110) October 22, 2017

Coaches talk about playing for each other. ND is a an unselfish a team as they have had in a while. Everyone blocks for each other all over the field. #NDInsider

— Dave Hodges (@Big_DHodges) October 22, 2017

Adams added another touchdown to complete the rout and make way for the backups to receive some action. The 49-14 victory would propel the Irish into the Top 10 of the AP Poll for the first time since the the 2016 preseason rankings.

game ball goes 2 brian kelly #NDInsider

— Patrick (@mpatrick_24) October 22, 2017

Great Win!!! Need to stay focused and not let success get in the way of the final goal #CFBPlayoff#NDInsider#GoIrish☘️☘️

— CR33 (@Craigr_33) October 22, 2017

Final takeaway: LOL @ USC. #NDInsider

— Brandelion (@Sir_Brandelion) October 22, 2017

How am I supposed to sleep tonight. #NDInsider

— Go Irish (@IrishRVA) October 22, 2017

#NDInsider Still concered about sub 50% vompletions, sub 7 YPA from Wimbush. With running game strong, play action should yield better

— Eric Ruethling (@ericruethling) October 22, 2017

ND looked good today... Need to keep it up for the rest of the season... #NDInsider

— Paul_In_Maple (@CLE_CLCFan) October 22, 2017

Notre Dame has solidified themselves a top 10 ranking and another showdown next week at home against a rank opp. #NDInsider

— The Buzzer Beater (@AlwaysShootThe3) October 22, 2017

Physically didn’t just compete, dominated #ndinsider

— Kevin Fitzgerald (@DocFitz47) October 22, 2017

Comprehensive beatdown. Full credit to Kelly & co. There is a long way to go but I have a good feeling about this team. #NDInsider

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) October 22, 2017

*BONUS GIFS* Just in case you didn't get a sense for how Irish fans were reacting to a blowout of USC, here are some more submissions that should do the trick.

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— Bryan Taylor (@BTaylorND50) October 22, 2017

#NDInsider ☘️☘️☘️ (post INT) pic.twitter.com/4RjRIXe4aY

— Nicole Becker (@Crazy4OReilly90) October 22, 2017

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— Chris Williams (@chrisjwill84) October 22, 2017

@TJamesNDI#ndinsiderpic.twitter.com/47uIuw7gE6

— Kevin Hyde (@Go_Irish1) October 22, 2017

#NDInsider is it too early for some Cobra Kai? pic.twitter.com/LFtWhF0kgl

— ChicksDigScars (@Chezhdchick) October 22, 2017

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— Mitch McCabe (@mmcCabe111) October 22, 2017

I'm in an SC house right now so I'm tryna be respectful cuz I been there...but inside I be like #NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/2RTqgJyONu

— yvonne (@_bonbonn_) October 22, 2017

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— Stan-tz Lee (@Mt_lee23) October 22, 2017

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— Heather McBride (@Heather_vail) October 22, 2017

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— KMart (@LoveMIIrish) October 22, 2017

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— Johnny99 (@nobodyfamous99) October 22, 2017

Notre Dame fans do pushups in the stands during the University of Southern California at Notre Dame NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA