|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe USC Trojans were -7 favorites to beat Notre Dame in Los Angeles this Saturday. The Trojans stopped the Fighting Irish's two-game winning streak in the rivalry to take back the Jeweled Shillelagh as they won this big matchup game by a score of 49-14.
In fact, there was no real doubt as to whether or not the Trojans could top the Irish. The Trojans brought out a 35-0 lead with five minutes to go in the first half. All five touchdowns that the Trojans scored in this run were from passes by Cody Kessler. Two of those passes were to George Farmer.
The Irish were held to punts in all but three of their first half possessions. The others included an interception from Gerald Bowman, a touchdown run from Malik Zaire and a missed field goal. Zaire came in after Everett Golson was benched for being ineffective.
Following two more touchdowns for the Trojans, the fourth quarter was essentially a point where the Trojans ran the clock out. The team even had one ten-minute possession consisting of running attempts. Amazingly, the Trojans turned over the ball on downs on that possession.
For USC, Cody Kessler went 32-40 with 372 passing yardsand six touchdowns. Nelson Agholor had 120 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.
Golson and Zaire combined for a 16-39 total for 245 yards for the Irish. Greg Bryant had 79 rushing yards on seven attempts and also had a touchdown.
The Trojans ended the season with an 8-4 record while the Fighting Irish fell to 7-5 and have also lost their last four games in a row. Both teams will be playing in bowl games but it is uncertain as to where they will go following the Trojans' lopsided rivalry victory. This game was also the worst loss of the season for an Irish team that was nationally ranked at one point in the season. They also hold the second-best record among independent FBS schools; BYU had an 8-4 record this year.