USC vs Notre Dame: Score, highlights and recap

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, left, is sacked by Southern California linebacker Uchenna Nwosu during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Fighting Irish are just 4-7 on the season and have been inconsistent enough that the season is in shambles.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1) suffered from a 34-31 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies in Week 12. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ABC. That would place them behind Texas (892), Nebraska (889), Ohio State (885) and tied with Alabama (875) heading into the game against the Trojans, where they are 17-point underdogs.

The interception near the end of the first half had blown open USC's tight game against Notre Dame, and Harris was mobbed in the end zone by teammates.

Notre Dame finished the season 4-8 after the loss to the Trojans, marking the school's second-worst record in the last 52 years. We need to clearly look where that is, because it was off, and so I have to clearly look where that mix of continuity and change is. "The toughness that I was really looking for", Kelly said. There's a lot of pride on the line for us as a team.

Most notably, USC also remains on the outside of the College Football Playoff picture, at No. 13 in the latest rankings. It marked USC's eighth consecutive victory. The Trojans haven't swept both rivals since 2011.

USC (9-3) needs Utah to defeat Colorado on Saturday night to earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against Washington. This is Darnold's time and he has made the most of it.

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"This is a rivalry game", Helton said, "so throw the records out the window". And so you're going to have to answer those questions when you have a year like this. How special is that?

We've gotten use to losing games to teams Notre Dame shouldn't lose to and games the Irish shouldn't lose. However, the Trojans have won those seven games.

There's one particularly telling statistic that Brian Kelly must dissect this offseason.

Quarterback DeShone Kizer believes none of those troubles will affect the Irish when they attempt to put a big finish on a lost season.

Notre Dame's frustration boiled over when defensive lineman Jerry Tillery made two particularly sketchy plays in the second half.

USC: The Trojans have evolved into one of the nation's best teams over the last two months. He had a receiving touchdown, returned a kick for a touchdown and returned a punt for a touchdown.

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3 Teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, since the divisions were established in 1978, that still have never played a Football Champions Series opponent (formerly lower than Division 1-A): Notre Dame, USC and UCLA.

On the flip side, Notre Dame has been able to start fast, outscoring opponents 106-44 in the first quarter.

The freshman cornerback forced a USC fumble in the opening drive of the third quarter, which sparked a 10-play, 40-yard touchdown drive by the Irish.

Had Smith-Schuster played in his final game at the Coliseum? Both surefire National Football League prospects have been steadying influences on the Trojans during the tumult of Steve Sarkisian's tenure and the subsequent steadying under Helton.

The miserable season for Notre Dame can finally end when the clock runs out on this one. I am unwilling to believe that Brian Kelly is going to be fired, because I don't think that Notre Dame and Jack Swarbrick are going to fire him. Yahoo! Sports first reported Kelly's interest in the possibility of leaving Notre Dame.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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