Notre Dame whips USC, gets back into College Football Playoff picture

Aubrey Yates
October 24, 2017

Today, the Irish and Trojans meet for the 89th time in history under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium.

Notre Dame has failed in this spot nearly every time under Brian Kelly. "Unique means that this not the crown jewel for us".

The Irish kept it rolling on their very next drive, traversing 79 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 23-yard strike from Wimbush to Kevin Stepherson. He came back in a big way.

Darnold has had a bit of a down year as a redshirt sophomore. He ended up just 9 of 19 for 120 yards but threw for two touchdowns and didn't turn the football over. The conference has no remaining unbeaten teams, and now the Trojans need to run the table, including with a win in the Pac-12 title game (possibly over the Huskies or Cougars), to even give themselves a chance, but that doesn't seem likely after after their drubbing at the hands of the Fighting Irish. Not only do they have to account for Wimbush as a runner, but now there is speed demon on the field that they have to keep in their sight at all times as well. And it was the fourth time they had multiple players finish with at least 100. I repeat, last night Notre Dame beat USC by 35 damn points. The Irish defense is only allowing 16.8 points per game allowed.

It didn't take long for the mistakes to mount for USC.

Darnold's numbers weren't bad (229 yards passing, 2 touchdowns), but he did throw his 10th interception of the season, eclipsing his total from last season already. In addition, Wimbush tacked on 190 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

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The other turnover was a fumbled punt by USC running back Ronald Jones. That led to a 3-yard touchdown run by Adams. The Irish are 19th on offense and 27th on defense. In the first meeting between the programs in over a decade in which both were ranked in the top 15, Notre Dame left absolutely no doubt who the better team is.

USC (385.4 ppg/23.7 ppg): Utah punished USC for 132 rushing yards in the first half.

Adams added a 14-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Kelly needs to prove that he can win these games. "There's more out there for them". Notre Dame ranks No. 4 nationally in lowest percentage of TDs allowed in the red zone at.350 (seven in 20 tries).

The last time the Irish lost the week after a bye was October 22, 2011 - 31-17 to USC. After last night he is also now 5-3 against USC.

Once again, Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Football team have an opportunity to win a big time game. The Irish have outscored opponents 94-10 on points off of turnovers. He matched DeShone Kizer's 2015 single-season school record for a quarterback.

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