No. 6 USC holds off Irish in closing seconds
Jimmy Clausen and Notre Dame pushed Southern California to the very last second, showing the Fighting Irish could go toe-to-toe with their fiercest rival.
Beating the Trojans, well, Charlie Weis' team still hasn't figured out how do to that.
Clausen threw three incomplete passes into the end zone in the closing seconds, and No. 6 USC held on Saturday for a 34-27 victory, its eighth straight win against Notre Dame.
"When it came right down to it we found ways to make plays," USC coach Pete Carroll said.
Notre Dame's streak of last-minute victories ended at three, but the Irish (4-2) at least showed they could compete with USC.