Post Game Notes
Nov. 27, 2004
This was the 76th meeting between the two schools and the 59th consecutive meeting. The series record is now 42-29-5 in Notre Dame's favor.
There was moderate drizzle from the start of the game to the 10:30 mark of the second quarter and rain returned with 12 minutes to go in the game.
With an attendance of 92,611, USC increased its season total to 511,373, breaking the home attendance total record of 504,000 set in 1933 (when there was 8 home dates). The per game average of 85,228 shatters the school and Pac-10 record of 77,804 set in 2003.
USC's 31-point margin of victory marks the seventh time the Trojans have won by at least 30 points this season. The only other time Troy has won as many games by 30 or more points in one season was when it did it seven times in 1929.
USC's margin of victory over Notre Dame was 31 points for the third straight season (41-10 in 2004, 45-14 in 2003, 44-13 in 2002). That ties the Trojans' biggest margin of victory, which has happened four times (the other was 55-24 in 1974).
With the fourth-quarter shutout today, USC has still only allowed only one TD and 1 FG in the fourth quarter in 2004. The Trojans have also held opponents scoreless in 26 of 44 quarters.
USC allowed only 105 passing yards, the second fewest this season (Washington had only 63 earlier this year). But Notre Dame's 195 yards rushing was the most allowed by the Trojans this year.
The USC win:
· Extends its overall win streak to 20, its longest since a school and Pac-10 record 25 consecutive wins from 1931 to 1933. The win is also the 31st in the last 32 games.
· Extends its home win streak to 21, breaking the record of 20 set in 1919-23 and 1927-29.
· Continues its best start (11-0) since the 1972 national championship team went 12-0.
· Improves Pete Carroll's USC record to 13-0 in November.
· Gives it its fourth win in the last five Coliseum meetings against the Irish.
· Extends its win streak over Notre Dame to three games, the longest since winning three from 1996 to 1998.
USC scored at least 20 points for the 37th game in a row, extending a school record; scored at least 30 points for the 27th time in 32 games and surpassed 40 points for the 21st time in the Pete Carroll era.
Freshman WR Dwayne Jarrett's 2 TD receptions marked the fourth time he's had at least that many scoring catches in one game. His 102 receiving yards on six receptions was his third 100-yard-plus reception effort of the season and second in a row.
Alex Holmes' four receptions is a season best and Jarrett's six receptions tied a season high.
USC Quarterback Matt Leinart Notes
· In his two starts against Notre Dame in 2003 and 2004, Leinart has completed 50-of-68 passes (73.5%) for 751 yards and 9 TDs.
· His five TD passes today marks the second time Notre Dame has allowed five scoring passes (the first was in Notre Dame's last game, against Pitt).
· His 400 passing yards marked only the fifth time a Trojan passer has reached that plateau and is the second-most ever for a Trojan passer against Notre Dame (Carson Palmer had 425 in 2002).
· The 400 passing yards is a career high and the fourth time he's had at least 300 yards. His previous high was 351 in 2003 against both Notre Dame and Washington (both on the road). His previous high at the Coliseum was 289 against UCLA last year.
· His 24 completions give him 227 for the season, making him fifth on USC' single season list. The record is 309 (Carson Palmer, 2002).
· During USC's 20-game win streak, he has thrown 58 TDs and just 8 interceptions.· He is now 23-1 as a starter.
· He now has 66 TD passes in his USC career, second behind only Carson Palmer's 72.
· Leinart's 5 TD passes tied a USC record. He is the only Trojan to do it twice. He had five against Oregon State in 2003. Carson Palmer had 5 against Oregon in 2002 and Rodney's Peete was the first to do it with five scoring passes against Stanford in 1987.
· Leinart's 5 TD passes also gives him at least 1 TD pass in every game he has started, at least 2 TDs in all but 2 games, at least three TDs 12 times and at least four TDs six times.
· Matt Leinart's 69-yard TD pass to Reggie Bush and his 57-yard TD pass to Dwayne Jarrett are the Trojans' two longest completions of the season.
· He is now 227 of 343 (66.2%) for 2,748 yards and 28 TD passes and 5 interceptions.
· After 11 games in Carson Palmer's Heisman Trophy season in 2002, he had 28 TD passes and 8 interceptions. Leinart, through 11 games this year, has 28 TD passes and 5 interceptions.
· He is now averaging a TD pass every 11.3 attempts (he entered the game at 11.7).