One week after a lackluster performance against UCLA, USC bounced back in a big way on Saturday, defeating rival Notre Dame 49-14 in the Coliseum.
Steve Sarkisian’s squad put together one of their most complete outings of the season, easily handling an overmatched Fighting Irish team through all four quarters of the contest.
Cody Kessler had a huge game, completing 32 of 40 pass attempts for 372 yards and six touchdowns – the most ever given up by a Notre Dame defense in a single game. The Trojans passer was hot right from the get-go, hitting wide receiver George Farmer for a 48-yard touchdown strike on USC’s second offensive series of the game. After a touchdown pass to Adoree’ Jackson on the Trojans’ next series, Kessler would hit Farmer again to give USC a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play and the Trojans never looked back.
Nelson Agholor also had a big day on offense, hauling in 12 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown, while Buck Allen picked up 93 yards on the ground, and Justin Davis added 81 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, J.R. Tavai was a terror coming off the edge, particularly in the first half. The senior rush end finished with five tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Some more individual offensive stats:
Kessler – 32-40, 372 Yds, 6 TD
Allen – 19 Rush, 93 Yds
Davis – 19 Rush, 81 Yds
James Toland IV – 6 Rush, 20 Yds
Anthony Neyer – 2 Rush, 5 Yds
Farmer – 1 Rush, 4 Yds
Kessler – 5 Rush, 3 Yds
Agholor – 12 Rec, 120 Yds, 1 TD
JuJU Smith – 5 Rec, 48 Yds
Farmer – 4 Rec, 85 Yds, 2 TD
Randall Telfer – 3 Rec, 28 Yds, 1 TD
Bryce Dixon – 3 Rec, 27 Yds
Darreus Rogers – 2 Rec, 20 Yds, 1 TD
Allen – 1 Rec, 17 Yds
Jackson – 1 Rec, 16 Yds
Steven Mitchell, 1 Rec, 11 Yds