Irish Eyes Video: Ryan Harris

Junior offensive lineman Ryan Harris talks about the upcoming game against USC.

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Ryan Harris on what the No. 31 means to him heading into this game:

"Last two games, last years, last two scores of those games and it's not motivation for us, but we're definitely aware that we lost by 31 points to this team. Southern Cal is a great team…No. 1 team in the country. They have that ability to do that, to score that many points on us, it's definitely a focus to not let that happen again, but it's not our motivation."

On how USC's domination the past three years not won't enter their minds going into this game:

"We feel as an offense, as a defense, as a team collectively, that we're a different team than we were two years ago, than we were last year. If we keep trying to look back to the past in terms of victories or defeats that's not going to get us anywhere. We need to focus on the good things we've been doing this year and how we've improved as a team this year."

On what coach Weis has said on handling everything that goes along with the game this year:

"He just told us to enjoy it. It's a great opportunity as an offense, as a whole team collectively, to go after the No. 1 team in the country. Southern Cal is a great team. Their the No. 1 team for a reason—they've won 30 plus games for a reason. We really feel we have the biggest game and the toughest game ahead of us this year. Coach Weis has said enjoyed it and understand the focus on this game."

On if there will be distractions:

"I'm not sure if it's really a distraction. In terms of the game, we have nothing going on Saturday besides that game. Obviously we have friends and family calling us and telling us how they'll be watching and the support from Notre Dame fans, but that's not a distraction, I think that's support. I think that's going to hopefully carry us to Saturday when it's just us in the locker room there."

On if this is the type of game he and his teammates live for:

"When you play a game like Southern Cal, this is why we came here. We came to play the big games. We came to play the best team in the country and see how we do. We really are focused on this game and what we need to do for this game. We definitely recognize the focus on it, the media focus, and the national focus that's being paid to this game."

On if they want this game just a little bit more than others:

"Absolutely. We have the No. 1 team in the country coming to play in our stadium. This is an opportunity for us to beat a great team, and an opportunity for us to really show to ourselves, not to anybody else, but more to the team that we're for real, and that we can play these big games and that we're the team we believe we are."

On the USC defense:

"They're a fast defense—a very well coached defense. Southern Cal is very good with their hands, their techniques, they're very coached and they play hard. They play very hard…to the whistle."

ND has played USC hard the previous years for a half, what does ND have to do to make sure it doesn't unravel in the second half as it has the previous three games:

"We have to play a full 60 minutes, especially with Southern Cal. They're a team, obviously, the last few games, the last few years, the second half has really been their strong point as a team. We know that we have to play a full 60 minutes of football. No lead is too comfortable with their offense or their defense. We know we have to play a full 60 minutes and we're prepared to do so."

On if it turns into a shootout, will the offense have the horses to stay with their offense?

"We obviously understand that Southern Cal has a great offense. They have great playmakers. We've seen it. We've been watching TV like the rest of the people. We've seen their games. Our goal on offense is to score one more point than them, that's whoever we play. We really feel, against any team we play, we can score one more point than they can."

On how coach Weis approached the off week:

"He really made an effort to keep us from getting rusty in terms of our stamina, the shape we're in mentally and physically for football, and the reps that we take during plays. He really made sure that we're on top of our game and didn't get a lapse."

On how the Irish coaches have made this team better in the second half than they previously were:

"Our offense has improved to the point where there doesn't have to be a lot of adjustments. Our coaches know what's working and they just stick with that. They made sure that we play a full 60 minutes in practice. They give us a lot of reps so we're ready and prepared to play a long game." Top Stories