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Nov. 2, 2015 Issue

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

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BIG PLAYS ALL-AROUND The Irish entered the contest with the 14th-ranked offense in the country, aver- aging 502.7 yards per game. USC came in ranked 16th with an average of 494.8 yards per game. Both teams were aver- aging at least 7.2 yards per play. Much of the talk leading up to the game was the dynamic playmaking ability of USC sophomores JuJu Smith- Schuster and Adoree' Jackson — and they produced. Smith-Schuster scored on a 75-yard touchdown reception and finished with 139 yards on six catches. Jackson made just one reception, but it went for an 83- yard touchdown. The Trojans offense finished the night with 11 plays covering at least 15 yards, five plays that went at least 32 yards and three plays for at least 65 yards. USC GAME NOTES NOTRE DAME VS. USC QUARTER-BY-QUARTER COMPARISON Notre Dame 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Final Time of Possession 2:45 10:57 6:48 8:22 13:42 15:10 28:52 Third-Down Conversions 0-0 3-6 1-3 1-3 3-6 2-6 5-12 Fourth-Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Average Field Position ND-29 ND-36 ND-24 ND-36 ND-33 ND-30 ND-32 USC 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Final Time of Possession 12:15 4:03 8:12 6:38 16:18 14:50 31:08 Third-Down Conversions 3-6 0-2 3-4 0-4 3-8 3-8 6-16 Fourth-Down Conversions 0-1 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-1 2-2 2-3 Average Field Position USC-30 USC-25 USC-18 USC-22 USC-27 USC-20 USC-24 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY (INSIDE 20-YARD LINE) No Poss. TD FG Score Notre Dame 5 2 2 1 USC 3 2 0 1 Senior running back C.J. Prosise ripped off runs of 31 and 25 yards in the first quarter, with the latter resulting in a touchdown, and Notre Dame finished with 11 plays of at least 15 yards and eight plays of at least 23 yards. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA BY BRYAN DRISKELL

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