Notre Dame vs. USC - Postgame Notes
Nov. 29, 2014
- The Irish conclude their regular season at 7-5 and await word on the destination for the program's fifth-straight bowl bid. It is the longest bowl streak for Notre Dame since a run of nine bowl games in a row from the 1987-95 seasons. Brian Kelly will be the first head coach in school history to coach in a bowl game in each of his first five seasons at Notre Dame.
- Notre Dame's lead in the all-time series now stands at 45-36-5. The Trojans lead 22-19-4 in Los Angeles. It is USC's first win since 2011 and its first win over Notre Dame at the Coliseum since 2008.
- Today is the 150th game between Notre Dame and a current Pac-12 team. The Irish now stand at 92-52-6 (.633) vs. the Pac-12.
- USC's 35 first half points are the most scored against the Irish before intermission since Michigan State led 42-3 at the break on Sept. 12, 1998 in East Lansing.
- Cody Kessler's six TD passes today are a Notre Dame opponent record eclipsing the five by Matt Leinart of USC and Tyler Palko of Pitt, both in 2004. Leinart led the Trojans out of the tunnel before today's game.
- The 49 points scored by USC are its most against the Irish since scoring 55 in 1974. USC's 34 first towns tied the Notre Dame opponent record established in 1997 by Stanford.
- Today marks just the third time that Notre Dame in 2014 has not scored first in a game. Notre Dame won both of its previous games in 2014, as Stanford (Oct. 4) and North Carolina (Oct. 11) struck first against an Irish team that would later emerge victorious.
- DL Jacob Matuska became the 19th different player to start a game on defense for the Irish in 2014. Only three players (CB Cole Luke, DL Isaac Rochell and LB Jaylon Smith) have started all 12 games on defense for Notre Dame.
- Will Fuller eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau on his 26-yard catch just before halftime. He is the eight different Notre Dame player to record a 1,00-yard receiving season. He now has 1,036 yards on the year to rank ninth in school history for a single season.
- Malik Zaire's first career passing attempt was a 49-yard completion to Chris Brown.
- Zaire ran for his first career TD in the second quarter. Irish signal callers have now rushed for nine TDs on the season.
- The 49-yard reception by Chris Brown is his longest since a 50-yard grab at Oklahoma on Oct. 27, 2012.
- Greg Bryant's 27-yard rush to the one-yard line late in the third quarter is his career-long. He had a 17-yard scamper against Rice (Aug. 30).
- Bryant's 79 rushing yards are a career high, eclipsing his 71 against Rice (Aug. 30).
- Bryant scored his third career TD today, also running for a score against Rice (Aug. 30) and North Carolina (Oc.t 11).
- Several defensive players either set or tied career tackle highs today, including Jaylon Smith (14), Elijah Shumate (13) and Nyles Morgan (11).
- Despite only playing the second half today, Nyles Morgan recorded his third-straight game with double digit tackles.
- Jaylon Smith went over the 100-tackle plateau for the season today, now boasting 103. He is the first Irish player to record 100 tackles in a season since Manti Te'o had 113 in 2012.
- Kyle Brindza converted on both of his extra-point attempts today, giving him 282 points in his Irish career. This tied Autry Denson (1995-98) for third in school history. It remains second among kickers behind Craig Hentrich's (1989-92) 294.
- Cole Luke had one pass breakup today. He entered the contest tied for 17th in the nation in passes defended.
- DL Jacob Matuska made his first career start today.