I’ll start it with 7:05 left. Talk about the blowout. And the fact will probably go to the Rose Bowl now.
The attendance was just announced at more than 90,000. Uh, ok.
USC’s got Marc Tyler in the game but Mark Sanchez is still playing quarterback. Isn’t this an ideal time to play someone else with a 31-3 lead?
The Irish kick a 41-yard field goal to end the shutout bid with 11:45 remaining.
Notre Dame crossed midfield for the first time with 14 minutes left in the game.
Notre Dame recorded its initial first down on the last play of the third quarter.
It’s refreshing that fans who never travel to South Bend got a chance to hear the Notre Dame band. And they laid down a marker at halftime when they formed a car and had smoke come out the back of it.
They received a rousing round of applause at the end of the number. I especially applaud band director, USC graduate Ken Dye, who not only rebuilt the band, he has a small enough ego to let the students direct the band instead of positioning himself atop a ladder.
Art Bartner followed up with a Jackson 5 song, “I want you back.” Zzzzzzzz.
USC’s defense is nearly perfect as Notre Dame’s got nine yards in 20 plays. But Notre Dame is also awful. And Mark Sanchez overcame his interception and weekly fumble to complete 15 of 19 passes for 175 yards.
Chris Claiborne, Carl Smith and Joe Montana are among those watching the game.
An amazing scene took place in the first quarter. The student section is more than half empty and all the people relegated to section 29 were allowed to move over two or three sections. Thousands of people were moving across the Coliseum. It will be interesting to see what the announced attendance is tonight.
USC achieved a rare feat: It committed a clipping penalty on Stafon Johnson’s punt return and then received a penalty for excessive celebration. The Trojans have five penalties for 45 yards.