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    USC plays the University of Notre Dame each year for the Jeweled Shillelagh. A majority of Trojan alumni and fans consider the Notre Dame Fighting Irish USC’s greatest gridiron rival. The intersectional game has featured more national championship teams, Heisman trophy winners, All-Americans, and future NFL hall-of-famers than any other collegiate match-up. The two schools have kept the annual game on their schedules since 1926 (except 1942-44 because of World War II travel restrictions) despite the fact that it enjoys neither the possibility of acquiring regional “bragging rights” nor the import of intra-league play that drive most rivalries. The game is often referred to as the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football

    USC Vs Notre Dame 2008 Recap
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- USC found the cure to its struggles: Notre Dame.

    The Trojans (No. 14 BCS, No. 13 AP), hampered by injuries, struggled three straight games against Pac-10 opponents, including a stunning loss to Stanford. They got back some of their injured players Saturday against the Fighting Irish and looked like the team that began the season ranked No. 1, beating Notre Dame 38-0.

    "We've been pretty well banged up, got shocked a few weeks back, and it was really important for us to gain our stride," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "We felt coming into this week we were getting stronger."

    Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes, two on short drives after Irish miscues, to pace the Trojans to their largest margin of victory in the 79-game history of the storied rivalry.

    "It's a butt kicking today," Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said.

    Notre Dame can still claim the most-lopsided victory in the series, a 51-0 win over the Trojans in 1966. That's surely little consolation to the Irish and their fans, as Notre Dame trudges through a horrible season.

    "You see where they are; you see where we are," Weis said. "We're at different ends of the spectrum at this point."

    The Irish are at the wrong end compared to a lot of teams. They also lost 38-0 to Michigan earlier this season. The two 38-point losses are tied for the eighth worst losses in Notre Dame history. It was the worst Irish home loss, though, since they were beaten 40-0 by top-ranked Oklahoma in 1956.

    When asked if he believes the Irish have hit rock bottom, Weis chose his words carefully.

    "I'm going to answer that very cautiously, because I don't want to be called sarcastic using New Jersey rhetoric," he said. "So let me just say people better enjoy it now, have their fun now."

    The Trojans certainly did.

    Making his second start for the injured John David Booty, Sanchez got off to a shaky start as he had to call timeout twice during the first four plays because of confusion.

    It's all about the finish, though, and in the end he was 21-of-38 for 235 yards and four TDs, with no interceptions or sacks.

    "I felt real comfortable and calm," Sanchez said. "I got the jitters out last week. I felt like I could just go and play. The team was behind me and the defense did an unbelievable job."

    USC (6-1) won its sixth straight over the Irish, the longest streak for USC against Notre Dame. The Irish won 11 straight from 1983-93.

    The Irish dropped to 1-7 for just the second time, matching the 1960 start. They are also assured of their 13th losing season since they started playing football in 1887, and the fourth losing season since 1999. The fourth consecutive home loss, tied a school record.

    "Unfortunately, it got out of hand and we just didn't make any plays," said Evan Sharpley, who made his first start at quarterback.

    Sharpley, starting ahead of Jimmy Clausen was sacked five times, and was 17-of-33 for 117 yards.

    The game was competitive for a while. The Trojans didn't go ahead 14-0 until Allen Bradford caught an 8-yard TD pass with 3:55 left in the second quarter. Then the Trojans quickly turned it into a blowout.

    The game was a stark contrast to the classic two years ago when top-ranked USC beat ninth-ranked Notre Dame 34-31 in the closing seconds as the teams traded great plays in the final minutes.

    Notre Dame was held to 48 rushing yards on 30 carries, although those stats were slightly skewed because of the five sacks. The Irish have now given up a school record 39 sacks, one more than in 2002, and still have four games left to play.

    USC had 462 yards total offense compared with 165 yards for Notre Dame. The Trojans, who have been struggling with injuries, got back several key players who had missed time, including tailback Stafon Johnson, who rushed for 47 yards on eight carries.

    "We feel like we're regaining our momentum again," Carroll said. "We got whacked pretty good there for a while, and unfortunately we had to give up a game during the process. Now that we're back on track, this could be very pivotal for us."


    USC Football: The Trojans Have Taken the NCAA's Best Shot and Are Not Fazed
    On June 10 th , 2010 the NCAA handed down sanctions on the USC Trojans that would void the 2004 national championship and the entire 2005 season. They also banned USC from bowl games for two seasons and reduce their scholarships by 10 each season for the next three years.  Losing 30 scholarships over three seasons will be too much for the Trojans to overcome and they will be forced to dwell in ...

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    USC football: Kiffin backs Perry's NFL decision
    USC junior defensive lineman Nick Perry is leaving the Trojans early to enter the NFL draft."We counseled Nick throughout...

    USC football: 10 reasons Barkley should leave
    Reports are that Matt Barkley's teammate Matt Kalil has decided to forgo his senior season at USC and enter the NFL draft.Should the Trojans' quarterback now follow...

    USC football: Report says Kalil to enter NFL draft
    USC and former Servite High offensive tackle Matt Kalil has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, according to ESPN.The decision was expected, particularly given that Kalil is projected to be one of the first players taken in April. Many of the early mock drafts have him...

    USC football: 10 reasons for Barkley to stay
    In considering the prospect of Matt Barkley staying at USC or entering the NFL draft, we could think of 10 solid reasons for him to play his senior season with the Trojans.Perhaps you can come up with more. Feel free to share them.

    USC football: 3 Trojans named AP All-America
    USC offensive lineman Matt Kalil (Servite High) and wide receiver Robert Woods were first-team selections to The Associated Press All-America team, which was announced Wednesday.Trojans Matt Barkley (Mater Dei High) was named third-team quarterback.

    USC Football Recruiting: Trojans Extend Handful of New Offers
    With no bowl game to draw away the USC recruiting brain trust's attention, the Trojans coaching staff has been hitting the pavement hard, searching for talent far and wide. With only a limited amount of scholarships to offer this year, recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, Lane Kiffin and company have their work cut out for them in their desire to bring a strong 2012 class into the Trojan fold this ...

    College Football Rankings, Week 14: USC Trojans Likely To Stay At No. 10 In AP Poll After Blowout Win
    The USC Trojans achieved their highest Associated Press ranking of the season last week after upsetting the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, checking in at No. 10. Matt Barkley and the Trojans closed their season on Saturday night with a 50-0 drubbing of the rival UCLA Bruins , but don't look for USC (10-2) to climb in the AP poll with the college football rankings are released on Sunday morning. While ...

    USC Football: Trojans Have a Shot to Make the Rose Bowl or Even Better in 2012
    Whether you love Lane Kiffin or hate him, no one can deny the fact he has done a great job in Los Angeles this season. Heading into tonight's matchup against rival UCLA, the Trojans are 9-2 and 6-2 in conference.  The Trojans beat the conference's best team, Oregon, and took the Stanford Cardinal to overtime.  The fact that USC even has a shot at a 10-win season while starring down the barrel of ...