College Football Week 13 marquee match between Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans kick-off at 8:00pm ET at Los Angeles. Check this page for Notre Dame vs USC live score updates, highlights.
Currently No. 1 in BCS standings, the Fighting Irish (11-0) could have a shot at the title game if they win against rival Southern California (7-4). It's been 19 years since the Irish went to the National Championship.
The Irish beat Wake Forest 38-0 lastweek to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998. Then third-ranked Notre Dame got some help later Saturday night when Oregon and Kansas State, the two teams ahead of the Irish in the AP and BCS rankings, each lost. Now Notre Dame will control its own fate as it tries to capture its first national title in 24 years.
Everett Golson threw three touchdown passes and Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run to keep the Irish going with his best passing game of the season. Linebacker Manti Te'o has played a key role in the Irish resurgence defense this year along with senior defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and senior safety Zeke Motta and will play key role aginst the Trojans tonight.
Meanwhile, USC will be trying to end Notre Dame's title hopes and has the manpower to do it but without quarterback, who suffered a sprained right shoulder in a 38-28 loss to UCLA last Saturday. Filling in for Barkley, freshman Max Wittek to make his first career start Saturday.
Wittek will have some great weapons with Marqise Lee having totaled 924 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his last five games, although Trojans have lost three of their last four games. Check this page for Notre Dame vs USC live score updates, highlights.
Good opening drive for Notre Dame mixing up both running and passing that produces 4 double digits yards with total of 9 plays. Theo Riddick rushed up for 12 yard gain. Everett Golson passed to Robby Toma for 22 yard gain then rushed for 12 yard gain and connects to TJ Jones 13 yard gain. That sets up Kyle Brindza kicked a 27-yard field goal. Scorewith 11:57 left: Notre Dame 3, USC 0
Trojans employs running game on first 3 plays for couple of first downs, but passing game bug down as new QB Max Wittek has series of incompletions that yields punt for the team.
The second drive yields a touchdown for the Irish, with totaled for 12 plays. Golson passed to Riddick for 11 yard gain TJ Jones rushed for 20 yard gain, Golson connets to Tyler Eifert for 15 yard gain. and 13 yard gain, then Riddick again rushed for 9 yard gain for touchdown. Score with 2:37 left in first quarter. Notre Dame 10, USC 0 ....
Trojans second drive: Max Wittek passed to Rodert Woods for 10 yard gain and 18 yard gain. Wittek passed to Marqise Lee to the left for 6 yard gain then Notre Dame committed 12 yard penalty. Wittek passed to Woods again for 11 yard touchdown. Score with 15:00 of second quarter: Notre Dame 10, USC 7
Notre Dame drive: Theo Riddick pounded the ball most of this drive who has now 63 yrds in passing plus 33 yrds on recieving. Brindza kicked a 29-yard field goal with 9:50 left in second quarter. Score Notre Dame 13, USC 7
USC Drive: Kiffin employed his running game with Silas Redd racked up 49 yards that help Andre Heidari sets a 39-yard field goal. Score 4:35 left Notre Dame 13, USC 10
Notre Dame drive: Golson connects to Goodman for 23 yard gain and Toma for 12 yard gain as USC defense sticked out as the Irish managed a field goal to end the 1st half. Brindza kicked a 52-yard. Score with .01 left Notre Dame 16, USC 10
Golson seems injured in the last play of the second quarter but appears to be ok at the start of second half. Both team showed good defense in third the quarter that yields only one drive for a field goal for Notre Dame. On this drive tha Irish utilized their rushing game leading by Riddick and Golson connects a 36 yarder to Eifert enough to set 33 yrds goal for Brindza with 1:46 left in the 3rd quarter. Score Notre Dame 19, USC 10
USC Drive: Rookie QB Wittek proved he's ready to take the job from senior Matt Barkley next year. He can throw on target connecting to Woods and Lee then topped it with Silas Redd rushing. UCS settles for a field goal. Score Notre Dame 19, USC 13
Notre Dame last drive, Riddick pound the ball again who has 146 yrds for the game. Irish settles for the field goal tow in the game with 6:02 left. Final score Notre Dame 22, USC 13 Fighting Irish clinched the BCS National Championship.