Dating all the way back to 2001, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish had not defeated the rival USC Trojans inside the confines of Notre Dame Stadium, but that all changed this evening as the Irish were able to hold off a solid effort from the Trojans and enjoy a 14-10 victory.
Although, in the victory, Notre Dame lost QB Tommy Rees in the third quarter to a knee injury, but not before he threw two touchdown passes in the first half, which would ultimately prove enough to seal the deal for the victory. In addition to the two scores, Rees finished the night 14-of-21 for 166 yards.
As for the Trojans, this was their first loss under interim head coach Ed Orgeron after enjoying a win against Arizona in his first game at the helm last Thursday night.
QB Cody Kessler was not as good in this one as he was last week, tallying 201 yards on 20-of-34 passing and an interception. The sole bright spot for the Trojans on this night was a big outing from former Penn State running back Silas Redd once again as he had 112 yards on 19 carries and the Trojans’ lone touchdown.
With the win, Notre Dame now improves to 5-2 on the year as they get set to face off against Air Force next Saturday on the road.
USC drops to 4-3 and will welcome in a dangerous Utah team into the Coliseum next week.