USC won the toss and elected to defer. USC defended the south goal to open the game.
Official kickoff was at 7:43 p.m. (ET) with a temperature of 48 degrees. The weather was partly cloudy with winds from the west at eight mph. The game officially ended at 10:59 p.m. (ET).
With the Irish's 14-10 lead over USC was the first time Notre Dame has led the Trojans at half in a home game since 2005.
The second Irish scoring drive covered 91 yards. It was the second longest scoring drive of the season for the Irish and the third scoring drive of at least 90 yards on the year.
The Irish played stout third quarter defense to hold onto the four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. USC had one first down, seven yards rushing on seven attempts and 32 yards total offense on 13 plays. The 32 yards total offense was the fewest yards allowed by Notre Dame in any quarter this season. Notre Dame held USC to 121 yards of total offense in the second half.
Notre Dame defeated USC at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 2001.
A VICTORY OVER USC
Improves Notre Dame's record to 5-2 on the season.
Gives Notre Dame back-to-back victories over the Trojans for the first time since 2000-01.
Snaps the Trojans' five-game winning streak in the series at Notre Dame Stadium.
Gives Notre Dame its first victory over the Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium since 2001.
Improves Notre Dame's record to 25-6 over its last 31 games overall and 25-4 over its last 29 regular season contests.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time record to 870-303-42 (.733).
Improves Notre Dame's all-time home record to 470-119-13 (.792).
Improves Notre Dame's all-time Notre Dame Stadium record to 323-107-5 (.748).
Improves Notre Dame's all-time record in night games to 72-38-2 (.652).
mproves Notre Dame's all-time record to 45-35-5 (.559) against the Trojans.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time home record against the Trojans to 24-14-1 (.628).
Improves Notre Dame's all-time record to 412-107-8 (.789) against unranked opponents.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time home record to 217-46-1 (.824) against unranked opponents.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time record to 18-9-2 (.655) against unranked USC.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time home record to 12-3-0 (.800) against unranked USC.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time record when unranked to 8-3-0 (.727) against unranked USC.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time home record when unranked to 5-2-0 (.714) against unranked USC.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time record to 73-44-5 (.619) against teams from the state of California.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time record to 91-49-6 (.644) against Pac-12 opponents.
Improves Notre Dame's all-time home record to 50-18-1 (.732) against Pac-12 opponents.
With his touchdown pass to end the first quarter, Tommy Rees became the fifth Irish quarterback to pass for 6,000 yards in his career. The seven-yard pass to Troy Niklas was his 48th career touchdown pass. Earlier in the drive, Rees passed Rick Mirer for fifth all-time on the Irish career passing yards list.
Rees added an 11-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Jones on an Irish second quarter drive. It was Rees' sixth multi-touchdown game of the season and 15th of this career.
Rees attempted 21 passes on the evening, which moved him into fourth all-time in school history.
Junior Troy Niklas was responsible for the first Irish score of the evening with his seven-yard touchdown reception from Tommy Rees to end the first quarter. It was Niklas' fifth touchdown reception of the season. The five touchdown receptions is the second most by an Irish tight end. Tyler Eifert (2011) and Ken MacAfee (1975) both had five touchdown receptions in a season as a tight end.
Niklas made a full extension catch in the second quarter of 30 yards. Niklas now has six receptions of 20 yards or more.
TJ Jones high-pointed a fade route in the left corner of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown reception. It was his 15th career touchdown pass moving him into a tie with MacAfee for ninth all-time in Irish history. It was also his fourth straight game with a touchdown catch.
With his 26-yard reception on the Irish's opening drive, senior captain T.J. Jones has now had at least one reception in 34 straight games.
Jones had four catches against the Trojans, which marks the 30th game of the last 34 contests in which he has had multiple receptions.
Intercepted a Cody Kessler pass on the first Trojan drive of the second half. It was his first career interception and the second interception of the season for a linebacker (Dan Fox had a 14-yard interception return for a touchdown against Arizona State).