LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robert Hughes scored on a 5-yard run with
2:23 to play, and Notre Dame rallied to snap an eight-game losing
streak in college football's best intersectional rivalry with a
20-16 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.
Freshman quarterback Tommy Rees overcame four turnovers to lead
bowl-bound Notre Dame's decisive 77-yard go-ahead drive in the
final minutes of its first win over USC since 2001.
The Irish weren't safe on a cold, rainy night at the Coliseum -
even after USC's Ronald Johnson dropped a long pass from Mitch
Mustain at the Notre Dame 15 with 1:17 to play and no defender
within 10 yards of him.
Mustain, making his first USC start in place of injured Matt
Barkley, threw for 177 yards in the loss. He
shook off the drop to move the Trojans to the Notre Dame
23, but safety Harrison Smith intercepted a poor throw at the goal
line with 36 seconds left.