Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • ND 439
    • 281 USC
  • Turnovers

    • ND 0
    • 2 USC
  • Possession

    ND USC
    25:03 34:18
  • 1st Downs

    • ND 24
    • 19 USC

Game Information

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
,
Coverage: ABC
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • Line: ND -4.0
Attendance: 93,607
11/25/2012 Associated Press

ND beats USC to secure spot in BCS title game

Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and No. 1 Notre Dame secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.

Scoring Summary

ABC1234T
Notre Dame1063322
USC0100313
first QuarterNDUSC
FG
11:25
Kyle Brindza 27 yard field goal GOOD.
notredame drive: 9 plays 66 yards, 03:35 notredame fg, 3:35
30
TD
1:48
Theo Riddick rush for 9 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
notredame drive: 12 plays 87 yards, 06:57 notredame td, 6:57
90
XP
1:48
Kyle Brindza extra point GOOD.
notredame drive: 12 plays 87 yards, 06:57 notredame td, 6:57
100
second QuarterNDUSC
TD
14:55
Max Wittek pass complete to Robert Woods for 11 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
usc drive: 6 plays 75 yards, 01:53 usc td, 1:53
106
XP
14:55
Andre Heidari extra point GOOD.
usc drive: 6 plays 75 yards, 01:53 usc td, 1:53
107
FG
9:19
Kyle Brindza 29 yard field goal GOOD.
notredame drive: 13 plays 67 yards, 05:36 notredame fg, 5:36
137
FG
3:50
Andre Heidari 39 yard field goal GOOD.
usc drive: 9 plays 54 yards, 05:29 usc fg, 5:29
1310
FG
0:00
Kyle Brindza 52 yard field goal GOOD.
notredame drive: 9 plays 48 yards, 01:25 notredame end half, 1:25
1610
third QuarterNDUSC
FG
0:31
Kyle Brindza 33 yard field goal GOOD.
notredame drive: 9 plays 70 yards, 05:24 notredame fg, 5:24
1910
fourth QuarterNDUSC
FG
9:20
Andre Heidari 21 yard field goal GOOD.
usc drive: 13 plays 80 yards, 06:11 usc fg, 6:11
1913
FG
5:58
Kyle Brindza 19 yard field goal GOOD.
notredame drive: 8 plays 54 yards, 03:22 notredame fg, 3:22
2213

Research Notes

  • Notre Dame has given up eight touchdowns in 33 red-zone possessions (24.2 percent) this season, including one in four possessions Saturday against USC. That is the lowest touchdown percentage for any FBS defense in the last eight seasons. The key has been great defense in goal-to-go situations. The Irish have allowed -5 total yards on 39 such plays, the fewest yards and average in the nation.

  • Notre Dame outrushed USC 143-19 inside the tackles Saturday. It was the second fewest such rushing yards for the Trojans in a game this season. Their season low was 18 in a loss to Stanford in Week 3. Theo Reddick led the way for the Irish gaining 121 of his 146 yards inside the tackles.

  • USC had 30 yards after the catch Saturday against Notre Dame, its fewest in any game in the last four seasons. The Trojans entered the game averaging 156.8 yards after the catch per game, most in the Pac-12

  • Notre Dame will attempt to become the first non-SEC school to beat an SEC opponent in the BCS Championship Game. Five different schools have tried and failed (Oklahoma and Ohio State lost twice).

  • Theo Riddick has 4 games with 100+ rushing yards this season, most by a Notre Dame player since Darius Walker (6, 2006)

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