• Meeting: 82nd
  • First Meeting: 1926
  • Series Record:
    Notre Dame leads, 42-34-5
  • Last Year: USC won 34-27
A Record-Setting Series

• Four of the top rushing games in Notre Dame history have come against USC: Reggie Brooks' 227 yards at USC in 1992 (4th place; 19 carries, 11.9 avg., 3 TDs); Vagas Ferguson's 185 yards at home in 1979 (18th; 25 carries, 7.4 avg., 2 TDs); Jim Morse's 179 yards at home in 1954 (23rd; 19 carries, 9.4 avg., 1 TD); and Jerome Bettis' 178 yards at home in 1991 (25th; 24 carries, 7.4 avg., 2 TDs).
• The following rank first in the Irish record book and occurred during the USC series: Bob Livingstone's 92-yard run from scrimmage in 1947; Coy McGee's 24.4 rushing yards per attempt in 1946 (6 for 146); Joe Theismann's 526 passing yards and 512 yards of total offense in 1970; and Tim Brown's 30.6 yards per kick return in 1986 (5 for 153).
• Theismann's 33 pass completions (tied with Brady Quinn's effort against Michigan State, 2005) were a school record until Jimmy Clausen completed 37 in 2009 against Navy.
• Steve Beuerlein's four TD passes against USC in 1986 are tied for sixth in the Irish record book.
• Lee Becton's record six consecutive games with 100-plus rushing yards included a game against USC in 1993 (the third game of that string).
• Reggie Brooks had two 200+ rushing-yard games in the same season, in 1992 vs. Purdue and USC (second most in a single-season).
• Thesimann's 71 total offense attempts and 58 pass attempts vs. USC in 1970 rank second and fourth, respectively, in the Irish record book.
• Notre Dame returned two interceptions for TDs vs. USC in 1966, which remains tied for the Irish record.
• Notre Dame's 19 passing first downs in the 1970 USC game ranks second best all-time.
• In addition to Livingstone's above run, some of the longest plays in Irish history have come vs. USC: Joe Heap's 94-yard punt return in 1953 (4th); Eric Penick's 85-yard rush in 1973 (t-4th), Joe Perkowski's 49-yard FG in 1961 (t-10th); Bob Scarpitto's 82-yard punt return in 1958 (11th); a 78-yard pass play from Paul Hornung to Morse in 1955 (13th); Wally Fronhart's 82-yard interception return in 1935 (t-10th); and Hornung's 95-yard kickoff return in 1956 (t-14th).
• Notre Dame players own or share several USC opponent records: John Lattner (1953) and Larry Conjar's (1965) 24 points are tied with four others; John Lattner and Larry Conjar's four touchdowns in 1953 and 1965, respectively, are tied with four others; Joe Theismann's 526 yards passing and 512 yards of total offense in 1970; Steve Beuerlein's four touchdown passes in 1986 are tied with three others; and Bob Livingstone's 92-yard run from scrimmage in 1947.
• Notre Dame also owns or shares several USC opponent team records: 51-point (51-0) margin of victory in 1966; 517 yards rushing in 1946; 526 yards passing in 1970; 623 total yards in 1946; and four touchdown passes in 1986 is tied with five others.
• USC players own several Notre Dame opponent records: Charles White's 44 rushing attempts in 1979 and 120 career rushing attempts from 1976-79; Carson Palmer's 425 yards passing in 2002; Matt Leinart's five touchdown passes in 2004 (tied) and nine career touchdown passes; R. Jay Soward's 23 career receptions; Anthony Davis' six TDs and 36 points in 1972 (both are USC records and tied for Pac-10 records), in addition to 11 career TDs and 68 career points from 1972-74; John Jackson's 14 receptions in 1989 is tied with two others; Dwayne Jarrett's three touchdown receptions in 2006 is tied with three others, his five career touchdown catches and 335 career receiving yards stand alone; Eric Hipp's six extra points in 1979; Don Schafer's 60-yard FG in 1986 (USC record); Adrian Young's four INTs in 1967 (also the USC record and tied for Pac-10 record); Anthony Davis' 100-yard kickoff return is tied with three others; and Vern Lillywhite's 83-yard punt in 1946.
• USC's 425 passing yards in 2002 and five touchdown passes in 2002 (tied) are Irish opponent records.