Included were four rushing touchdowns, the three special teams touchdowns and a pair of passing touchdowns by quarterback Joel Blumenthal. Butler had to punt on its first possession of the game, but after that scored three straight touchdowns in the first quarter. The first was an yard screen pass from Blumenthal to Chris Carson that went for a touchdown.
That's more than enough motivation in this famed rivalry, and Cody Kessler put his name into Irish football lore while he led the Trojans' romp. Kessler passed for yards and threw two of his six touchdown passes to George Farmer , propelling USC to a victory over Notre Dame on Saturday in the 85th edition of the intersectional matchup.
Adoree Jackson, Darreus Rogers and Nelson Agholor also caught TD passes in a dynamic first half for the Trojans , who jumped to a lead in the second quarter and spent the second half celebrating a big finish to a wild autumn. The Trojans celebrated on the field, with the seniors and select underclassmen - including defensive lineman Leonard Williams - climbing a ladder to lead the USC band.
That defensive low caps a miserable second-half slide for the Irish , who have lost five of their last six games. Two years ago, we were playing for a national championship. Today we got our butts beat, and it wasn't as close as the score. I thought Coach was very generous today to keep running the football to keep the score where it was.
Zaire led a scoring drive and finished with yards passing, providing hope for Notre Dame's future. But the present in this rivalry belongs to the Trojans, who rebounded from their lifeless effort last week in a blowout loss to UCLA in their other big rivalry game.
After setting his career high in completions, the junior finished the regular season with 3, yards passing and 36 TDs against just four interceptions. Several upperclassmen left with memorable games: J.
We got to be a part of it for just a few. Obviously aware of Notre Dame's injury woes on defense, USC opened the game at a high offensive tempo. Jackson, USC's two-way freshman star, came out of the backfield for a yard TD catch before Farmer capped the first quarter with a yard TD catch down the seam.
Rogers and Agholor caught scoring passes while USC ran away from Notre Dame, which mounted nothing on offense with Golson behind center. Zaire sparked the Irish, getting a yard completion on his first collegiate throw before rushing for an yard score shortly before halftime.