Tommy Rees threw two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury and Notre Dame snapped a five-game home losing streak to USC with a 14-10 victory on Saturday night.
Rees was 14 of 21 passing for 166 yards with TD throws to Troy Niklas and TJ Jones in the first half. Rees left the game when he was sacked by USC linebacker Lamar Dawson in the third quarter and didn't return.
USC managed just 121 total yards of offense in the second half. After converting both third-down conversions on their opening scoring drive, the Trojans went 0-of-11 the rest of the game.
The Irish (5-2) beat the Trojans (4-3) for the third time in the past four games, after losing the previous eight straight, but won at home for the first time since Pete Carroll's first year as USC coach in 2001. USC won last week in Ed Orgeron's first game as interim coach following Lane Kiffin's dismissal, but this is the earliest the Trojans have three losses since starting that 2001 season 2-5.
In only the third night game at Notre Dame Stadium in the past two decades, there were mistakes and attrition by both teams.
Marqise Lee, who sat out against Arizona with a sprained knee, had two catches for 18 yards in the first half but didn't play in the second half. Silas Redd, the Penn State transfer who missed the first five games with a knee injury, got the bulk of the carries in the first half with leading rusher Tre Madden out with an injured hamstring, but had just two carries five yards in the third quarter. He finished with 19 carries for 112 yards.
With Rees out, the Irish attempted just four more passes and none of them was close as the Irish could only 44 yards total offense in the second half.
Cam McDaniel led the Irish rushing game with 92 yards on 18 carries. USC's Cody Kessler was 20-of-34 passing with an interception, with Nelson Agholor catching six passes for 39 yards. USC also was hampered by 11 penalties for 95 yards and Andre Heidari missed field goals of 40 and 46 yards, leaving him 2-of-7 on field goals of 30 yards or more this season.
Ball State 38, Western Michigan 17: Keith Wenning passed for 324 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ball State to a win over Western Michigan in a Mid-American Conference matchup in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Cardinals (7-1, 4-0) piled up 483 yards of total offense while holding winless Western Michigan to just 3 points for most of the game. Wenning marked his eighth straight game with more than 300 yards passing, directing an aerial attack that included a 42-yard TD strike to Jamill Smith, a 27-yard touchdown throw to Willie Snead and 2-yard end zone toss to Zane Fakes.
Jahwan Edwards led the Cardinals ground game with 92 yards rushing, including 25-yard touchdown, while Horactio Banks scrambled for a TD from the 38. Scott Secor kicked a 37-yard field goal.
Western Michigan attempted a fourth-quarter comeback with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis from Zach Terrell, then scored again on a 26-yard fumble return by Ronald Zamort.
Morehead State 42, Valparaiso 28: Austin Gahafer threw three touchdown passes on a career-high 458 yards passing as Morehead State erased a first-half deficit for a win over Valparaiso.
Morehead State (3-4, 3-1 Pioneer Football League) won its third consecutive conference game for the first time since 2007 while Valparaiso (1-6, 1-3) dropped its third straight game.
Down 28-19 at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Crusaders 23-0 in the second half, led by two rushing touchdowns from Rob Harden.
Harden's rushing score in the third quarter closed the gap to 28-26, and a field goal later gave Morehead State the lead. Harden's second score followed by Gahafer's third touchdown pass gave the Eagles a two-score lead.
Gahafer also set a career-high mark with 41 completions. Jake Raymond led the Eagles' receivers, catching 12 passes for 133 yards, both career-highs.
Eric Hoffman threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns to lead Valparaiso.
Butler 24, Drake 14: Wade Markley threw for 253 yards and rushed for the final touchdown of the game to finalize a win for Butler (6-2, 4-0 Pioneer League) against Drake.
Markley, making his first start of the season, scored on a 4-yard rush to stretch a close 17-14 lead into a two-score game.
Andy Rice threw a touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to tie up the score at 7 for Drake (3-4, 2-2). Butler responded with a touchdown of its own right before the half and a field goal in the third quarter brought the score to 17-7.
One minute into the fourth quarter, a fumble by Markley was picked up by Brandon Coleman and returned 17 yards for a touchdown and Drake's final score of the game.
Missouri S&T 14, St. Joseph's 13: Kobi Cook had a strong day on the ground, rushing 16 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, but a missed extra point ended up being the difference for the Pumas (5-2, 2-1).
Braxton Shelton added 17 carries for 69 yards, scoring SJC's other touchdown.
No. 4 Ohio St. 34, Iowa 24: Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) to a victory over Iowa (4-3, 1-2). It was the Buckeyes' 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history.