Notre Dame vs. USC score: Trojans keep pace but trail, 16-10

Harry How

Freshman Max Wittek has the Trojans keeping it close to top-ranked Notre Dame.

After falling behind early, the USC Trojans have made it a game against the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but still trail 16-10 at halftime in Los Angeles.

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.

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