Boxscore
Notre Dame 22, Southern California 13
Saturday, November 24, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Attendance - 93607

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Notre Dame 10 6 3 3 22
Southern California 0 10 0 3 13

Recap


No. 1 Notre Dame 22, Southern California 13:
Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and Manti Te’o grabbed his seventh interception as the visiting Fighting Irish clinched their spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

Everett Golson passed for 217 yards and rushed for 47 more and Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals for Notre Dame (12-0), which clinched its first undefeated regular season since 1988 and will likely face the SEC winner in the championship game.

Redshirt freshman Max Wittek threw for 186 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice for the Trojans (7-5), who have dropped four of their last five games. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley missed the game with a shoulder injury.

Brindza kicked a 27-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game and Riddick capped a 12-play, 87-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run with 1:48 left in the first quarter to give the Irish an early 10-0 lead.

Wittek found Robert Woods for an 11-yard touchdown five seconds into the second quarter, but Southern Cal would not find the end zone again. Brindza’s career-long 52-yard kick as time expired sent Notre Dame into the locker room with a 16-10 edge and a 33-yard boot with 31 seconds left in the third made it a two-possession game.

The Trojans had a chance to get back into it in the fourth quarter, when Wittek hit Marqise Lee with a 53-yard completion to get them inside the Irish 5-yard line with just under six minutes left. But USC was stopped on five straight plays, burning over three minutes off the clock as the Irish completed the goal-line stand.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Notre Dame has not won a National Championship since 1988. … Te’o got the better of Lee in a battle of Heisman contenders by leading another stout defensive effort for the Irish. Lee was limited to five catches for 75 yards. … The Trojans went 1-of-8 on third down and 0-of-1 on fourth down.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:25
Notre Dame   FG  Southern California 0 - Notre Dame 3
1st Quarter - 1:48
Notre Dame   TD  Southern California 0 - Notre Dame 10
2nd Quarter - 14:55
Southern California   TD  Southern California 7 - Notre Dame 10
2nd Quarter - 9:19
Notre Dame   FG  Southern California 7 - Notre Dame 13
2nd Quarter - 3:50
Southern California   FG  Southern California 10 - Notre Dame 13
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Notre Dame   FG  Southern California 10 - Notre Dame 16
3rd Quarter - 0:31
Notre Dame   FG  Southern California 10 - Notre Dame 19
4th Quarter - 9:20
Southern California   FG  Southern California 13 - Notre Dame 19
4th Quarter - 5:58
Notre Dame   FG  Southern California 13 - Notre Dame 22
TEAMS

Team Records

  Notre Dame Southern California
W/L 12 - 0 - 0 7 - 5 - 0
Conference 2 - 0 - 0 5 - 4 - 0

Team Stats

  Notre Dame Southern California
Score 22 13
First Downs 24 19
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-14
36%
1-for-8
12%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 439 281
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 42-222 27-95
Average/Rush 5.3 3.5
Passing
Comp-Att 15-27 14-24
Passing Yards 217 186
Average/Pass Play 7.8 7.2
Penalties-Yards 7-50 3-15
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Time of Possession 34:38 25:22

PLAYER STATS

Notre Dame (12 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Golson 15/26 217 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Wittek 14/23 186 1 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Riddick 20 146 7.3 1
E. Golson 9 47 5.2 0
C. Wood 8 20 2.5 0
G. Atkinson III 2 15 7.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Redd 12 77 6.4 0
C. McNeal 9 38 4.2 0
M. Lee 1 -1 -1.0 0
M. Wittek 4 -15 -3.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Eifert 4 69 17.2 0
T. Jones 3 40 13.3 0
R. Toma 2 34 17.0 0
T. Riddick 3 33 11.0 0
J. Goodman 1 23 23.0 0
C. Wood 2 18 9.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Woods 7 92 13.1 1
M. Lee 5 75 15.0 0
S. Vainuku 1 10 10.0 0
X. Grimble 1 9 9.0 0