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Notre Dame wallops USC, Caleb Williams struggles in Trojans’ first lack of season Specific Occasions

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Caleb Williams would be the defending Heisman Trophy winner and consensus No. 1 decide in subsequent yr’s NFL Draft, however he’s human.

And human is strictly what he appeared like in opposition to No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday night time.

The Preventing Irish took care of Williams all night time of their 48-20 win over No. 10 USC.

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Benjamin Morrison #20 of Notre Dame celebrates his interception in opposition to USC earlier than a sport between College of Southern California and College of Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium on October 14, 2023 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Michael Miller/ISI Photographs/Getty Pictures)

The Preventing Irish stored Williams in verify from the leap – in USC’s seven first-half drives, they scored simply six factors, Williams threw three picks, they punted as soon as, and turned the ball over on downs one other, as Notre Dame took a 24-6 lead into the locker room. In reality, Williams’ first interception got here on simply the fourth play of the sport.

USC acquired some momentum on their aspect when MarShawn Lloyd rushed for a 31-yard landing, however the Irish answered proper again when Sam Hartman discovered Chris Tyree for a 46-yard rating.

Notre Dame after touchdown

Gi’Bran Payne #3 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish celebrates with teammates after a landing reception in opposition to the USC Trojans throughout the first half at Notre Dame Stadium on October 14, 2023 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Michael Reaves/Getty Pictures)

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With 9:04 left within the fourth, Williams hit Brenden Rice, the son of the legendary Jerry, for a seven-yard landing to chop their deficit to 11. Effectively, the Irish took the following kickoff to the home to go proper again up 18. The Irish kicked a subject objective after a USC turnover on downs, after which they scooped up a fumble and returned it for one more landing.

Williams’ three interceptions had been a career-high, and his 199 passing yards had been his lowest mark of the season. In all, the Irish compelled 5 turnovers (three picks, two fumbles).

Sam Hartman

Sam Hartman #10 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish celebrates a landing by Audric Estime #7 (not pictured) in opposition to the USC Trojans throughout the first half at Notre Dame Stadium on October 14, 2023 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Michael Reaves/Getty Pictures)

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It is the Trojans’ first lack of the season after profitable six straight to start the yr, as Notre Dame improved to 6-2 on the season.

USC will host Utah in a Pac-12 championship rematch subsequent week, whereas Notre Dame performs host to Pittsburgh on Oct. 28.


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