Notre Dame leads 16-10 at half
Posted: 11/24/2012 at 9:00 pm
By: Rachel Terlep
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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert pulls in a pass as Southern California safety Josh Shaw defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
No. 1 Notre Dame leads USC at the half, 16-10.
Kyle Brindza kicked a career long 52-yard field goal as the first half ended.
The Irish struck early and quickly, going up 10-0 on USC before the Trojans could react.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson opened with a 9-play, 66-yard drive that ran out of gas in the red zone. Brindza made a 27-yard field goal to give the Irish an early lead.
The Irish forced three straight incompletions by USC quarterback Max Wittek, a redshirt freshman making his first collegiate start.
Notre Dame punched back with a 12-play, 87-yard drive that featured four straight double-digit yard gains by Golson. Theo Riddick topped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.
After starting 0 for 3, Wittek went 5 for 5 for 48 yards and found Robert Woods in the end zone to start the second quarter.
Notre Dame came back with another long drive – this one 13 plays for 67 yards – but had to settle with another Brindza field goal, which USC matched on its following series.
Golson is 14 for 23 for 182 yards at the half compared to Wittek’s 7 for 11 for 64 yards and one touchdown.