Blue and Gold Illustrated

December 2012

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USC GAME NOTES through the broad tun- nel in the corner of the Los Angeles Coliseum for the final time Satur- day night with the smat- tering of faithful fans that remained cheering his name. It was a mo- ment the Hawaiian line- backer dreamed of as a young USC fan. Only this wasn't the HEISMAN STATEMENT Manti Te'o walked BY DAN MURPHY AND WES MORGAN moment that danced in his head. He wasn't wearing the Trojans scarlet uniform. In- stead, he wore Notre Dame's white jersey and pumped its gold helmet RED ZONE EFFICIENCY (INSIDE 20-YARD LINE) Notre Dame 6 USC USC Poss. TD FG Score 4 1 2 1 4 Time of Possession No 1 1 After not recording an interception during his first three seasons at Notre Dame, senior linebacker and Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o grabbed his seventh of the year during the 22-13 victory at USC. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA in the air. No, this was reality, a scene beyond his wildest dreams. Te'o came to South Bend directed away from his childhood fa- vorite USC by a well- documented prayer four years ago. He has 3rd-Down Conversions 4th-Down Conversions Average Field Position ND-19 3rd-Down Conversions 4th-Down Conversions Time of Possession Average Field Position USC-25 Notre Dame 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Final 10:32 2-3 0-0 USC-24 9:22 5:38 0-1 0-0 ND-18 2-5 0-0 USC-20 9:13 5:47 0-2 0-0 ND-38 1-4 0-0 ND-23 5:27 0-2 0-0 USC-24 19:54 10:06 1-3 0-0 ND-18 4-8 0-0 ND-32 ND-25 1-6 0-0 34:34 5-14 0-0 9:33 0-3 0-1 50 since become the face of a facelift in South Bend, the leader of a return to prominence that many thought was no longer possible for Notre Dame. "If there was anything NOTRE DAME VS. USC QUARTER-BY-QUARTER COMPARISON 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Final 4:28 1-2 0-0 USC-30 USC-28 14:40 15:20 0-5 0-1 25:26 1-8 0-1 I could say it's that the Heavenly Father an-

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