Despite offensive struggles, freshman Max Wittek led the Trojans on a key scoring drive that finished early in the second quarter to keep USC in the game. Wittek peppered passes to Marqise Lee and Robert Woods on a 75-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard score to Woods to make it 10-7 for Notre Dame.
The two teams then traded field goals throughout the second quarter, with Andre Heidari putting through a 39-yard kick for USC's other three points of the half. Notre Dame ended the first half with a score when Kyle Brindza drilled a 52-yard field goal for the 16-10 lead.
Notre Dame's lone touchdown drive was a long 12-play, seven-minute drive that ended when Theo Riddick ran in a touchdown from nine yards out.
Wittek is 7-11 for 64 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Trojans. Silas Redd has 43 rushing yards on only four carries, while Woods has 44 yards through the air.