Former Hog QB Mitch Mustain starts, but USC falls to Notre Dame

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.