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Nov. 2, 2015 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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coach ever to start 2-0 versus the Fighting Irish. 5 Notre Dame currently holds the hardware in all five of its "trophy games" by adding the Jeweled Shille- lagh versus USC. The Irish also are currently in possession of the other four: Legends Trophy (Stanford), The Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl (Boston College), Megaphone Tro- phy (Michigan State) and The Shillelagh Trophy (Purdue). 6 Plays run by Notre Dame in the first quarter while building a 21-10 lead. Those plays totaled 167 yards — 27.8 yards per play — with gains of 75 (touchdown), 31, 19, 25 (touchdown) and 12 on five of the six. 38-3 Record for Notre Dame since 2002 when it rushes for 200 or more yards in a game, including 4-0 this year after the 214-yard ground game output against USC. 72 Combined points in the game, the third-most in the 87-game series history. The only two games with more were 79 in 1974 (55-24 USC victory) and 75 in 1986 (38-37 Notre Dame win). 143 Rushing yards by senior running back C.J. Prosise, giving him 922 already for the year and 131.7 per game. If he gains 516 over the final six games (86 yards per game), he will break Vagas Fergu- son's 1979 single-season Notre Dame record of 1,437 that he produced in 11 games. 1,056 Yards of total offense in the contest, which is believed to be the most ever between the two teams in the 87-game series. USC's 590- yard output came close to breaking the Irish opponent record of 617 set by Ohio State in its 2006 Fiesta Bowl win (34-20) over the Irish. Notre Dame racked up 476 yards against the Trojans. 2002 The last year USC had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown in a game — by Notre Dame linebacker Carlos Pierre-Antoine — until the Irish did it again in the first quarter for a 21-10 lead. Freshman Equanimeous St. Brown blocked the punt that fifth-year senior Amir Carlisle picked up for a score. Interim coach Clay Helton (right) became the fourth Trojans head coach in as many years to face the Irish after taking over for Steve Sarkisian Oct. 12. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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