The Huskies fell to 0-7 with a 33-7 loss to Notre Dame. The Huskies avoided a shutout with a D'Andre Goodwin touchdown reception in the final three minutes, mostly against Irish reserves. The Huskies remain locked with North Texas for the nation's longest losing streak -- nine games -- and as the only two teams that haven't won yet this season. The loss assures the Huskies of a losing season and eliminates them from bowl eligibility.
Something to build on
Goodwin had seven catches. Mason Foster led the team in tackles again and continues to have a nice season. I usually try to make these answers about 50 words long, but in this case, I'm fresh out.
Something to work on
The trite response would be "Everything." Unfortunately, that's also the serious response. No area of the team was good enough Saturday to be considered solid.
Defensive tackle Senio Kelemete, safety Victor Ayiewa and tailback David Freeman all went out with injuries. We might get a prognosis on them Monday. True freshman Cody Bruns recorded his first career reception late in the game, but he still isn't being used in any kind of way that seems to justify the decision to take off his redshirt. However, the personnel move that continues to dominate all others is the coaching situation. And with the minimum assumed requirements for Tyrone Willingham to retain his job -- .500 record and bowl bid -- now out of reach, the question has shifted sharply from "if" to "when."
The week ahead
As of Monday morning, the Huskies are 42-point underdogs in what projects as their toughest game of the season: traveling to Los Angeles to meet USC in the Coliseum. The Trojans are No. 5 in the new BCS rankings and No. 7 in the new Associated Press poll. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be shown on FSN.