Notre Dame finished off a perfect season with its 12th win on Saturday night at the Coliseum, a 24-17 victory over USC. The Trojans finished the season with a record of 5-7 and will not play in a bowl game for the first time since 2000. Irish quarterback Ian Bonk completed 22 of 39 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns with one interception while teammate Dexter Williams rushed for 97 yards in 16 carries. JT Daniels completed 37 of 51 passes for 349 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
With its offense stalling, the USC defense continues to keep the Trojans in the game. They held Notre Dame to a 46-yard-field goal attempt, which was made by placekicker Justin Yoon to give the Fighting Irish a 17-10 lead.
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book converted three third-and-longs and then found wide receiver Chris Finke for a 24-yard touchdown pass. USC now leads the Fighting Irish 10-7 with 2:20 left in the second quarter.
The Trojans will have to find an answer for Finke, who has seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.