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Molnar on fumble, red zone difficulties

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It wasn't that Dayne Crist pulled back from center Braxton Cave prematurely, resulting in the fumble on the USC 1-yard line that was returned 80 yards for a touchdown in Notre Dame's 31-17 loss on Saturday.

"It appeared to us that right prior to the ball coming up he separated his hands for whatever reason," quarterbacks coach Charley Molnar said. "Once his hands separated the ball came up and shot right through his hands and through his legs with a nice little kick and went back about 20 yards."

Meanwhile, Molnar said starting quarterback Tommy Rees is having no problems after hyperextending his knee and being forced to leave Saturday night's game before returning.

"I didn't notice a thing," Molnar said. "He was out there and he did every drill, took every rep. There seemed to be no problems whatsoever."

Rees completed 23 of 37 passes for 190 yards with an interception against the Trojans.

"It wasn't his best game, that's for sure," Molnar said of Rees. "I wouldn't say he took a big step backwards. I'd say he took a small step backward. He didn't play as well as he has been playing. Obviously, USC is very good on defense and that contributed to it but at times Tommy was his own worst enemy."

When asked to elaborate, Molnar said: "His timing was off, his footwork was off and thus his balls weren't on the money the way they usually are and guys had to make tough catches against very good defensive backs."

As everyone knows, the Notre Dame offense has struggled in the red zone this season. Molnar was asked the best way to start repairing the red zone offense.

"I would stay we'll start with getting the snap," he said. "That's the first thing."

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