It’s safe to say the season hasn’t gone quite as expected for either the Notre Dame Fighting Irish or the USC Trojans. However, a win against their rival would be a sweet ending to a sub-par regular season.
The Trojans are on the verge of ending their season on a positive note after dominating Notre Dame 35-7 through two quarters of play.
Notre Dame’s defense simply didn’t have an answer for USC’s talented offense.
USC quarterback Cody Kessler absolutely shredded Notre Dame’s secondary. The junior quarterback threw more touchdowns (five) than he did incompletions (four).
USC’s pair of starting wide receivers, George Farmer and Nelson Agholor, each gained 82 yards in the first half. Farmer proved to be the deep threat with two long touchdown catches, while Agholor led the team with eight receptions.
Notre Dame, meanwhile, decided a spark was needed once the team trailed 35-0.
Amazingly, Everett Golson completed only 7-of-18 passes for 75 yards and an interception. Malik Zaire, a sophomore, only attempted six passes. He completed three of them for 94 yards.
USC is expected to pour it on during the second half, but the next two quarters of play become very important for the future of Notre Dame football. Zaire’s play could help sway head coach Brian Kelly to make a change at quarterback for the bowl game and build momentum for next season.