Notre Dame Athletics | October 22, 2017
The No. 13 Fighting Irish football squad put on a show in front of a sell-out crowd under the lights of Notre Dame Stadium Saturday night, toppling the No. 11 USC Trojans by the score of 49-14. It was only fitting with the 1977 national championship squad in attendance that Notre Dame's 49 points against USC were the most since the 49-19 victory 40 years ago.
Stats of the Night
The Notre Dame ground attack proved unstoppable tonight, totaling 377 rushing yards, which are believed to be the most for the Irish in a game versus USC since 1950. Josh Adams continued to build his Heisman resume as the junior finished with 191 yards on 19 carries (10.1 avg), including three touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Brandon Wimbush followed suit with 106 yards on 14 carries (7.6) with two rushing touchdowns, marking the fourth time this season Notre Dame had a pair of 100-yard rushers. In addition, Wimbush tacked on 190 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Furthermore, Notre Dame utilized a dominant first half to build a 28-0 lead, marking the second largest halftime lead in series history with USC. The Irish outgained the Trojans 262-103 in total yards for the half, and stymied the USC running game to negative-four yards.