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Justin Davis is ready for another chance against Notre Dame

USC tailback Justin Davis said last season’s 14-10 loss at Notre Dame was “one of the worst moments of my life.”

Davis rushed for 12 yards in two carries before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

“I’ll remember it until I die,” he said.  “That makes me want to go in there and get revenge.”

Davis rushed for 37 yards in nine carries and caught a career-best four passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in last Saturday’s 38-20 loss to UCLA.

Davis said coaches told him before the game to “get ready” for more touches.

“I embraced the role,” he said. 

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Trojans' Nelson Agholor still impresses Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly

Notre Dame recruited USC receiver Nelson Agholor, and Fighting Irish Coach Brian Kelly remains impressed.

“As good as there is out there,” Kelly told reporters Tuesday.

Agholor caught six passes for 89 yards last season in USC’s 14-10 loss to the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind.

Agholor has 85 receptions this season, 10 for touchdowns. But UCLA limited the junior to three catches for 24 yards.

Agholor also muffed a punt a that led to a Bruins touchdown.

The miscue was caused by a breakdown in fundamentals, he said.

“Always catch it up high, eyes on the ball and look it in, not worry about contact,” he said. “I went away from my fundamentals and also I didn’t make the right read.

“Should have fair-caught it.”

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USC's Cody Kessler looking for better performance against Notre Dame

USC quarterback Cody Kessler is looking forward to producing a better performance on Saturday against Notre Dame than he did last week.

Kessler struggled in the Trojans’ 38-20 defeat by UCLA.

The junior completed 22 of 34 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He was sacked six times.

Asked Tuesday what he thought he could improve upon, Kessler said, “Everything. I’ve got to play better.”

Kessler has passed for 30 touchdowns and four interceptions. He is ranked fifth nationally in passing efficiency.

Kessler said some of the sacks against UCLA were his fault.

“I was trying to hold on to the ball a little longer and make things happen because we were down, and my competitive spirit took over,” he said. “But at the end of the day, as a unit, we’ve got to play better. And I’ve got to play better.”

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USC recruiting update: Official visit weekend against Notre Dame

USC this weekend is to host out-of-state recruits on official visits for the regular-season finale against rival Notre Dame.

Tim Settle, a 6-foot-2, 339-pound defensive lineman from Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson High, tweeted about his trip. “USC official this weekend #USC #Trojans #FightOn,” he wrote

Settle has visited Penn State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State and also has a visit scheduled to Washington State.

USC is the first official visit for linebacker Roquan Smith of Macon County (Ga.) High.

Smith, 6-1 and 210 pounds, told The Times he would also take official visits to Georgia, Louisiana State, Ole Miss and UCLA.

Settle and Smith will play in the Under Armour All-American Game Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field.

Linebacker Osa Masina, from Salt Lake City Brighton High, returns for an official visit after visiting USC unofficially in the spring.

Masina has visited Arizona State and UCLA.

USC is a long shot for Jefferson (La.) cornerback Donte Jackson, but Jackson is taking an...

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Robert Woods has career game in Buffalo Bills' victory

Former USC receiver Robert Woods was a one-man highlight reel in the Buffalo Bills’ 38-3 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night at Ford Field.

The second-year pro caught a career-high nine passes for a 118 yards.

Quarterback Kyle Orton connected with Woods on a seven-yard touchdown pass play in the first quarter to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.

Woods made a spectacular one-handed catch in the second quarter to set up another touchdown.

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USC football morning report: Notre Dame just wants to win

Quote of the day: "They're excited to play USC, but I think they just want to win a football game."

-- Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly

USC plays Notre Dame on Saturday at the Coliseum.

The Trojans fell to 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12 Conference after a 38-20 defeat by UCLA last Saturday at the Rose Bowl. 

The loss knocked USC out of contention for the Pac-12 South title.

Notre Dame is 7-4 after starting the season on a six-game win streak.

The Irish have lost four of their last five, including a 31-28 defeat to Louisville last Saturday in South Bend, Ind. 

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