SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A number of USC players and coaches were peeved that Notre Dame didn't use its three timeouts late in the fourth quarter in an attempt to force the Trojans to get first downs or a score.
USC got the ball with 6:43 left in the game and had Curtis McNeal run the ball 10 straight times to end it, getting all the way to the Notre Dame two-yard line before time expired. With two-score margins, teams typically use all of their timeouts to force their opponents' hands, but Irish coach Brian Kelly chose not to, evidently.
"At the end there, when they didn't call those timeouts, they just quit," USC linebacker Chris Galippo said. "And that's what Notre Dame football's about. They're not anything like USC."