Trojan dominance complete
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame tried to avoid the shutout, but came up short. USC won 38-0 and looked like a BCS contender for the first time in a month. While the team and band celebrate in the corner of the field, the Notre Dame band is playing the Notre Dame Victory March, which sounds a lot more pleading than it does confident these days.
This was a defeat of historic proportions for the Irish...
It was the second worst home loss in Notre Dame history, surpassed only by a 40-0 loss to #1 Oklahoma on October 27th 1956.
Notre Dame is also 1-7 for only the second time ever. In 1960, the Irish started 1-8 and finished 2-8.
The numbers are still numbing for Irish fans. They were outgained 462-165. Notre Dame only ran for 48 yards on 30 carries, which actually improved their rushing average for the season.
Evan Sharpley was obviously not the answer. There may not be an answer. He was 17-33 for 117 yards and threw one pick and was sacked five times.
USC got a good performance from Mark Sanchez in relief of John David Booty. Sanchez was 21-38 for 235 and 4 touchdowns. He played so well that Pete Carroll would not commit to Booty getting his job back when he gets healthy.
Joe McKnight electrified the Trojan crowd with a long fourth-quarter touchdown run and Vidal Hazelton's touchdown will be on the end of season highlight reel.
The Trojans head back to LA to prepare for a trip to Oregon next week. USC has no margin for error if it hopes to still play for the BCS title.
After the game, Charlie Weis said the Irish could take nothing positive out of this game except that the team has a week off. Navy comes calling in two weeks looking to end it's 43-game losing streak to the Irish.