Notre Dame Vs. USC: Lane Kiffin Ruins Everything

Pretty new helmets and a host of recruits in the house couldn't stop USC from swiping the Jeweled Shillelagh.

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USC Vs. Notre Dame 2011: Trojans Continue Winning Ways In South Bend

Matt Barkley was one of four quarterbacks to see the field on Saturday night as the USC Trojans battled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and he was the only one to perform at a relatively competent level. As the Irish trotted out three different quarterbacks -- the third, admittedly, only threw one pass -- USC stuck with its experience starter and it paid off as the Trojans rolled to a 31-17 win.

Under the lights in South Bend, it was all USC early, with the Trojans scoring the first 17 points of the game. Notre Dame did battle back, scoring 10 points to close the first half, but it was as close as the Irish would get.

Matt Barkley threw for 224 yards and threw touchdowns on the night. Tommy Rees completed 23 of 37 passes for 190 yards, but threw no touchdowns and an interception. Dayne Crist completed four of his five attempts for 36 yards, but also fumbled the ball away at the one, allowing USC to scoop it up and take it back for the touchdown. If you haven't seen the fumble, it's highly-recommended.

Heading into the game, Notre Dame looked to snap a lengthy streak of USC wins in South Bend. But it was clear early-on that USC wasn't quite ready to give up its streak. Thanks to a strong performance from Barkley and timely plays from the defense led to a 31-17 win in South Bend.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and USC blog Conquest Chronicles. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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USC Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Trojans Spoil Golden Evening, 31-17

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish set the tables for themselves with such care. New gold (GOLD) helmets, dozens of blue chip recruits in the house, a home night game for the first time in rivalry history. But the USC Trojans brought Robert Woods, so. USC won it, 31-17, after tearing out to a 17-0 lead and rarely looking back.

The win is Lane Kiffin's first over the Irish and will likely assure Southern Cal a spot in next week's top 25. One of them, at least, since they're not eligible for a lot of them. Analysis.

Woods finished with two touchdowns and 119 yards, complemented by Curtis McNeal's 118 yards rushing. Notre Dame was forced to juggle Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees -- the most noteworthy moment in depth chart management came after Crist gave up a million-yard fumble return touchdown off a bobbled snap.

USC pulls within nine of Notre Dame in the all-time rivalry record, 43-34-5.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and USC blog Conquest Chronicles. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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USC Vs. Notre Dame Halftime Score: Irish Steady After Opening Salvo

Despite falling behind 17-0 at home, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have made amends and pulled within seven of the USC Trojans at the break (click here for score updates and discussion). George Atkinson III was the first to earn the gold on his extremely gold helmet, running back a kick to put the Irish on the scoreboard. David Ruffer tacked on a field goal late in the second quarter.

Make no mistake, though -- USC dominated the first half. The Trojans came close to neatly doubling up Notre Dame in total yardage, 253 to 127, allowing only 17 rushing yards and limiting Tommy Rees to only 5.3 yards per attempt.

Marc Tyler has been strong for the Trojans, banging out 59 yards in 10 efforts.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and USC blog Conquest Chronicles. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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USC Vs. Notre Dame Score: Robert Woods Doubles Early Trojans Lead

No matter how gold the Notre Dame Fighting Irish helmets may be, the USC Trojans have still rumbled to a 14-0 first quarter lead in South Bend (for constant score updates and discussion, head here). They're really gold, though, so good job.

Robert Woods brought in a dart from Matt Barkley after a similar touchdown grab by Randall Telfer. Few expected the offensive fireworks in this one to come from USC, and, well, they were really short passes, so they weren't quite fireworks. But we all know what we mean here.

Through 14 minutes, Notre Dame has nine yards. It would be 10 or so, but Jonas Gray lost a pair of yards. You never want to be held to single digits.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and USC blog Conquest Chronicles. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Notre Dame Vs. USC Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And Notes

The USC Trojans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish add another chapter to their long-standing rivalry, as the two prepare for Saturday night's clash in South Bend.

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College Football Rootability Index, Week 8: You Might Win, But You're Gonna Bleed

Friday's College Football Rootability Index returns to help you, the relatively uninvested fan, decide who to pull for in games where you have no established interest. The methods used to determine this are arbitrary; the outcomes are decidedly not.

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Notre Dame Vs. USC 2011: Can Anyone Besides The Irish Stop The Irish?

In 2011, only Notre Dame's own mistakes have kept them from racking up ridiculous numbers and an undefeated record. The numbers are on the Irish's side even if the polls are not (quite the role reversal); can USC do something that only the Irish themselves have done with regularity this year: stop Notre Dame?

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Notre Dame Vs. USC Game 2011: Series Record And Quick Rivalry Facts

The 5-1 Trojans visit 4-2 Notre Dame in South Bend for their annual rivalry game.

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