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Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. USC

Oct 19, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT


On a weekend where five ranked teams have already fallen, and a few more are likely to go down as well, Notre Dame and USC will battle to see who can likely work their way back into the Top 25. The battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh might not be the highest profile game of the day, but it’s still one with plenty of significance.

The Irish have a chance to climb to 5-2 on the season, positioning themselves well for a late season push. Meanwhile, Ed Orgeron has a chance to join just John Robinson and Paul Hackett as USC coaches to beat the Irish in their first meeting.

After a bye week getting healthy, the Irish will turn on the lights and take on USC in primetime in front of a few dozen elite recruits. As usual, you’ve got a few ways to follow along. For an HD livestream of the game, with built in DVR capabilities, check out the game here.

Otherwise, join the chat below that I’ll be hosting with our friends over at Standard rules apply. Keep it clean, do your best to stay positive, and let’s enjoy the 85th battle between Notre Dame and USC, the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football.


  1. jgater1981 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    If the recruits at the game play D, they have to be impressed with Notre Dame. Holy cow, what a showing.

  2. sisqsage - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Kelly obviously has a man crush on McDaniel like he does Rees. Their two biggest run calls of the night and they give it to McDaniel, whose fumble could have cost them the game. He’s like their fifth-best back and he plays while two blue chip recruits stand and watch on the sideline. Unbelievable.

    • upthera44 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Bryant is out (for the season?) with a knee injury. Folston has been injured with a hamstring and, I assume, wasn’t full speed yet tonight. So, there goes that indignant argument.

      Also, anyone would’ve fumbled that. Hat on ball and just bad luck.

  3. savejimmyjohnsonsassforme - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Anybody know why Elijah Shumate didn’t play tonight? Or maybe he did, but I didn’t see him?

  4. irish4me - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    So that was the Andrew Hendrix Experience, talk about manic depression….sorry showing my age. Seriously how does a guy like Hendrix even make the team? After getting pushed around and giving no pressure to Kessler in the first half, the “D” plays OUTSTANDING in the second half, .Out- fucking-standing !!!

  5. nudeman - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    That was the best I’ve ever seen Tommy Rees play. Gotta’ hand it to him. Great game.

    On the other hand, I am STUNNED at how badly Hendrix has regressed. Just stunned.
    I’ve never seen a QB play that badly at this level. Just terrible.

    • richisirish - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Agreed. AH first three pass attempts: in the dirt, in the dirt, fumble. WOW. The frustrating thing is they could have been first downs had the ball reached the receiver. However the Irish got a win at home against USC. Regroup and move on to AFA!

    • kansasirish - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:20 AM


      I hate to say this but if Tommy can’t go we have zero chance against a decent team. How can u be in a program for 4 yrs and shit the bed like that? Terrible!!!!!!!!

      • richisirish - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        As agonizing as it was to watch Hendrix run the offense it had to have been much more agonizing for USC fans to watch their team unable to take advantage of good field position. Enjoy the fact that the shoe is on the other foot this time!

    • viktory2013 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      Where is Zaire??? You mean to tell me with a straight face that he’s not as good as Hendrix?? Is it possible anyone could play worse?? Hendrix has regressed to high school level. Thank god the defense has regained their ferocity: SC had averaged about 40 last two games.
      Hendrix cannot play any more even in a mop up capacity, he’s absolutely lost out there.

  6. whodabigdog - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Going home from the game. Who had Tommy’s back when he got hurt? Carlos. Efen Calabrees!!!!!!!

  7. ndirish86 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Come back Tommy. All is forgiven!

  8. jgater1981 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Yeah Sisqo, he fumbled, but he also had the two best runs of the night in the drive that had the winning TD.

  9. ajw21 - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Rees just got out of the ND fan doghouse thanks to Hendrix. He was terrible but 1 dropped pass by Nicklas before the 2nd in the dirt pass. We now know Kelly saying he can run the offense is a joke. They didn’t even try. Great game D!
    Go Irish!

  10. mimefrog - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Only sort of related, did you guys see the photo of Cam against USC. It is hilarious. Keith should put this on Inside the Irish, front and center:

  11. mimefrog - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Only sort of related, did you guys see the photo of Cam against USC? It is hilarious. Keith should put this on Inside the Irish, front and center:

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