John Heisler | November 28, 2018
Sometimes it's not all that it seems.
It's likely that the Notre Dame football players who took in the final seconds of their game Saturday against USC from the field of the Los Angeles Coliseum will remember that feeling — not to mention the giddy postgame locker room party — forever.
But then it ends.
Head coach Brian Kelly and a handful of his assistants remained on the West Coast to recruit. The Irish travel party grabbed burgers and fries from a food truck and then immediately flew back to South Bend, emptying out four buses of players and staff onto a mostly deserted campus around 6 a.m. Sunday.
Then today it was back to business — and class — once again.
There's no specific, determined next goal in sight for the Irish. So while Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State and others continue their conference battles this weekend, the Irish sit content at 12-0. For now, they've done all they can do.
With that as a backdrop, here are some Notre Dame takeaways from its final regular-season matchup with the Trojans:
Brian Kelly was right, Part I. Notre Dame's head coach went out of his way to emphasize the rivalry nature of the Irish finale at USC. And give both staffs credit for their game plans and adjustments.
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