Skip to main content

USC defense dominates against Notre Dame

Nov 29, 2014

USC's defense went into its final regular season game against Notre Dame with one thing on the mind: pressure the quarterback.

It's been no secret that Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has been turnover prone this season, and the Trojans knew that that was something they wanted to exploit.

Mission accomplished.

[Related: Do you get Pac-12 Networks? Click here to find out]

The Trojans attacked Golson early and often in this game, and never let up. Golson was sacked, intercepted by Gerald Bowman and had a ball knocked out of his hand, only to be recovered by USC. Golson didn't last much longer and was replaced in the first half by his backup, Malik Zaire.

By forcing two turnovers and only allowing the Irish to complete 16-of-38 passes between two quarterbacks, the Trojans cruised to a 49-14 win against Notre Dame.