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Adoree does it all in No. 12 USC's 45-27 rout of Notre Dame

LOS ANGELES (AP) By the time Adoree Jackson effortlessly hurdled Notre Dame's kicker and sprinted off to strike a Heisman pose in the end zone, every rain-soaked soul already knew they were seeing the culmination of something special for Southern California.

Jackson might have punctuated his three-year career at the Coliseum with one last virtuoso display of his talent, although he hasn't decided yet.

The Trojans unquestionably wrapped up their regular season by with a fitting climax to a two-month crescendo.

Jackson returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns and caught a scoring pass to propel No. 12 USC to its eighth consecutive victory, 45-27 over Notre Dame on Saturday in the 88th edition of their famed intersectional rivalry.

Sam Darnold passed for 205 yards and two TDs, and Ronald Jones II rushed for 134 yards and an early score as USC (9-3, No. 12 CFP) claimed the Jeweled Shillelagh for the 11th time in 15 years. Ajene Harris also returned an interception 33 yards for a score shortly before halftime for the Trojans, who fell just short of the Pac-12 South title.

But if Jackson, the Trojans' do-everything cornerback, heads to the NFL next season, he left LA with one of the most memorable performances in this rivalry game's history.

USC fans chanted ''One more year!'' throughout the second half at the smiling junior, who has scored five touchdowns against Notre Dame in his career. He returned a punt 55 yards for a score before turning a short pass into a 52-yard TD and then taking a kickoff 97 yards for his third score, leaping over John Chereson along the way.

''The returns and reception were just great blocks by everybody,'' Jackson said. ''They made it look easier than it was. I knew something special would happen when I trust them. They set things up, and it makes a highlight play.''

With an unbeaten run through October and November, USC completed a perfect home schedule and remained in contention for the league championship until the final hour of the regular season.

Colorado was beaten convincingly by USC last month, but the Buffaloes' win over Utah kept them one game ahead of the Trojans atop the division and sent them into the conference title game next week against Washington. USC would have advanced if the Utes had beaten Colorado.

USC still could be in contention for a Rose Bowl berth, particularly if the Huskies rout Colorado. The Trojans will get a week off from practice before learning their postseason fate.

''What an accomplishment by a group of kids that have been through some adversity and come out the other side of it,'' USC coach Clay Helton said. ''What this team and this group have is something special. Over my 21 years (in coaching), I'll always remember this. It's a special group.''

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to punctuate the prolific junior receiver's own probable Coliseum finale. Smith-Schuster is looking toward a bowl game, but also is thinking about the future.

''If Adoree comes back, I'm for sure coming back and we're going to win the natty,'' Smith-Schuster said, referring to the national championship.

Josh Adams ran for 180 yards and DeShone Kizer passed for 220 yards and two scores for the Fighting Irish (4-8), who finished their worst season since 2007 with their largest margin of defeat this year.

''I thought we could play with anybody this year,'' said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who shrugged off suggestions his job could be in jeopardy. ''We just have not been able to sustain consistent performance for four quarters.''

Chris Finke, Kevin Stepherson and Equanimeous St. Brown caught TD passes for the Irish.

TILLERY'S MISTAKES

Notre Dame's frustration boiled over when defensive lineman Jerry Tillery made two particularly sketchy plays in the second half.

Tillery first kicked USC running back Aca'Cedric Ware in the helmet while Ware was on the ground with an apparent head injury. Tillery then received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty a few minutes later when he stomped on prone USC offensive tackle Zach Banner's foot.

''You just can't do stupid things like that,'' Notre Dame defensive lineman Jarron Jones said. ''That's going to reflect on you as a player. That's going to reflect on your character.''

Banner summed up the Trojans' feelings with a reference to Tillery's jersey: ''(No.) 99 is dirty.''

REFEREE INJURED

Referee Ron Cherry left the game in the third quarter after getting flattened in an accidental collision with USC linebacker Michael Hutchings. Cherry appeared to be unconscious after hitting the turf, but eventually walked up the tunnel unaided. USC said Cherry was evaluated for a concussion at a nearby hospital, but should be released later Saturday.

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: This was an embarrassing end to an uncommonly ugly year for the Irish. Kelly will find little to salvage from this trip to LA, and Tillery was already receiving heavy online criticism for his dirty play before the game ended.

USC: The Trojans have evolved into one of the nation's best teams over the last two months. It happened slightly too late to get into the national title conversation, but Helton clearly harnessed USC's formidable talent heading into the postseason and 2017.

UP NEXT

USC: An upper-tier bowl game.

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Key Players
D. Kizer 14 QB
220 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
S. Darnold 14 QB
205 YDs, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:10
2-D.Williams to USC 5 for -3 yards.
plays
yds
pos
27
52
Touchdown 1:10
9-M.Zaire complete to 6-E.St.Brown. 6-E.St.Brown runs 15 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on USC 23-V.Jones Pass interference declined.
7
plays
90
yds
00:25
pos
27
45
Point After TD 9:40
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
45
Point After TD 9:40
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
45
Touchdown 9:45
14-S.Darnold complete to 9-J.Smith-Schuster. 9-J.Smith-Schuster runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
15
yds
0:00
pos
21
44
Touchdown 9:40
14-S.Darnold complete to 9-J.Smith-Schuster. 9-J.Smith-Schuster runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
110
yds
03:49
pos
21
44
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:47
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
38
Touchdown 0:47
19-J.Yoon kicks 62 yards from ND 35. 2-A.Jackson runs 97 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
63
yds
00:14
pos
21
37
Point After TD 1:01
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
31
Touchdown 1:01
14-D.Kizer complete to 29-K.Stepherson. 29-K.Stepherson runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
83
yds
01:44
pos
20
31
Point After TD 7:41
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
31
Touchdown 7:41
14-S.Darnold complete to 2-A.Jackson. 2-A.Jackson runs 52 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
79
yds
02:22
pos
14
30
Point After TD 10:08
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 10:08
14-D.Kizer complete to 10-C.Finke. 10-C.Finke runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
38
yds
04:47
pos
13
24
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:07
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 1:17
14-D.Kizer incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 27-A.Harris at ND 34. 27-A.Harris runs 34 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
34
yds
0:00
pos
7
23
Point After TD 1:24
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 1:38
85-T.Newsome punts 45 yards from ND 10. 2-A.Jackson runs 55 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
77
yds
01:34
pos
7
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:08
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 7:08
25-R.Jones runs 51 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
02:34
pos
7
9
Point After TD 9:51
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 9:51
14-D.Kizer runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
2
plays
75
yds
00:31
pos
6
3
Field Goal 10:27
39-M.Boermeester 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
14
yds
04:23
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 24 24
Rushing 8 12
Passing 13 9
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 5-17 5-12
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 453 413
Total Plays 76 68
Avg Gain 6.0 6.1
Net Yards Rushing 154 208
Rush Attempts 37 38
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 5.5
Net Yards Passing 299 205
Comp. - Att. 21-39 19-30
Yards Per Pass 7.7 6.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 6-45 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-54 7-65
Touchdowns 4 6
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 3 2
Other 0 3
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 8-48.8 6-38.2
Return Yards 87 261
Punts - Returns 3-13 3-66
Kickoffs - Returns 4-74 4-161
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-34
Kicking 3/4 7/7
Extra Points 3/3 6/6
Field Goals 0/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Notre Dame 4-8 7014627
12 USC 9-3 101414745
299 PASS YDS 205
154 RUSH YDS 208
453 TOTAL YDS 413
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Kizer 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.1% 220 2 1 125.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.7% 2925 26 9 145.6
D. Kizer 17/32 220 2 1
M. Zaire 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 30 1 0 176.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.8% 122 1 0 106.7
M. Zaire 3/5 30 1 0
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 4 0 0 66.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 4 0 0 66.8
C. Finke 1/2 4 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Adams 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 180 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
158 933 5
J. Adams 17 180 0 74
T. Folston 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 334 2
T. Folston 6 12 0 3
D. Williams 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 200 3
D. Williams 3 -1 0 4
D. Kizer 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 -37 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 472 8
D. Kizer 11 -37 1 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
E. St. Brown 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 94 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
58 961 9
E. St. Brown 7 94 1 40
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 53 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 122 2
C. Finke 4 53 1 26
K. Stepherson 29 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 462 5
K. Stepherson 2 34 1 29
J. Adams 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 193 1
J. Adams 2 30 0 23
C. Holmes 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 96 0
C. Holmes 4 29 0 11
T. Folston 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 66 0
T. Folston 1 10 0 10
D. Kizer 14 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
D. Kizer 1 4 0 4
M. Boykin 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 81 1
M. Boykin 0 0 0 0
D. Smythe 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 112 4
D. Smythe 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Onwualu 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Onwualu 2-1 0.0 0
T. Coney 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Coney 2-0 0.0 0
D. Studstill 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Studstill 1-0 0.0 0
N. Morgan 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Morgan 1-0 0.0 0
A. Bilal 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Bilal 1-0 0.0 0
D. Tranquill 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
D. Tranquill 1-1 0.0 0
D. Morgan 32 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Morgan 1-0 0.0 0
Ja. Jones 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
Ja. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
N. Fertitta 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Fertitta 1-0 0.0 0
C. Luke 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
C. Luke 1-0 0.0 0
J. Love 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Love 1-0 0.0 0
J. Tillery 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Tillery 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Yoon 19 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
13/17 44/46
J. Yoon 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Newsome 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 48.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
54 43.5 3
T. Newsome 8 48.8 3 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Sanders 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.7 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
29 25.0 27 2
C. Sanders 3 22.7 27 0
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 17.0 6 0
C. Finke 1 6.0 6 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 4.3 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 7.7 12 0
C. Finke 3 4.3 12 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 205 2 0 147.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.1% 2633 26 8 161.0
S. Darnold 19/29 205 2 0
M. Browne 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.4% 507 2 2 111.0
M. Browne 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 134 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
157 1027 11
R. Jones II 16 134 1 51
J. Davis 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
104 564 2
J. Davis 10 36 0 11
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 230 2
S. Darnold 3 16 0 8
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 49 0
A. Jackson 1 12 0 12
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 397 2
A. Ware 2 8 0 5
D. Davis 16 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 133 0
D. Davis 5 3 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 52 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 52 1
A. Jackson 1 52 1 52
D. Rogers 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 654 3
D. Rogers 4 49 0 21
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 458 4
D. Burnett 5 34 0 20
J. Smith-Schuster 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 23 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
63 781 9
J. Smith-Schuster 4 23 1 9
T. McNamara 48 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 111 1
T. McNamara 2 18 0 11
J. Greene 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 88 0
J. Greene 1 15 0 15
I. Whitney 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 32 0
I. Whitney 1 8 0 8
D. Imatorbhebhe 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 225 4
D. Imatorbhebhe 1 6 0 6
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 73 1
R. Jones II 0 0 0 0
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 82 0
M. Pittman Jr. 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Tu'ikolovatu 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
S. Tu'ikolovatu 4-0 1.0 0
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 4 0.0
A. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 2.0
R. Green 3-0 1.0 0
I. Marshall 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
I. Marshall 2-0 0.0 0
M. Hutchings 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
M. Hutchings 2-0 1.0 0
P. Gustin 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 3.0
P. Gustin 2-0 1.0 0
A. Harris 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 1.0
A. Harris 1-1 1.0 1
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
U. Nwosu 1-0 1.0 0
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ca. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Boermeester 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
15/20 48/49
M. Boermeester 1/1 37 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Tilbey 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 38.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 37.8 2
C. Tilbey 6 38.2 2 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 40.3 97 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 30.5 97 1
A. Jackson 4 40.3 97 0
J. Smith-Schuster 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 0 0
J. Smith-Schuster 1 2.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.0 55 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 15.9 55 2
A. Jackson 3 22.0 55 1
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:22 ND 25 0:31 2 75 TD
7:03 ND 23 3:05 8 27 Punt
1:22 ND 21 0:48 3 9
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ND 30 0:25 1 13 Punt
9:52 ND 10 4:52 15 75 FG Miss
3:12 ND 21 1:34 4 77 TD
1:24 ND 25 0:07 1 0 INT
1:03 ND 24 0:46 4 4 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 ND 22 4:47 13 78 TD
7:41 ND 25 2:56 6 41 Punt
2:45 ND 17 1:44 6 83 TD
0:41 ND 31 0:38 2 11
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ND 42 1:31 5 28
9:40 ND 25 0:47 3 3 Punt
5:26 USC 50 1:21 3 -4 Punt
1:35 ND 40 0:25 7 30 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 USC 20 4:23 11 62 FG
9:42 USC 25 2:34 8 75 TD
3:50 USC 20 2:19 6 15 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:25 USC 9 4:23 12 56 Punt
4:55 USC 20 1:31 4 18 Punt
0:05 USC 23 0:00 1 -1
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:03 USC 21 2:22 5 79 TD
4:32 USC 20 1:34 5 19 Punt
1:01 ND 35 0:14 1 63 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 USC 30 3:49 12 56 TD
8:41 USC 10 3:03 6 18 Punt
3:54 USC 11 2:09 3 4 Punt
1:01 ND 45 0:43 2 -1