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Final: Notre Dame 20, USC 16

11/27/2010

USC's eight-game winning streak against rival Notre Dame is over after the Fighting Irish triumphed 20-16 in the Coliseum.

It wasn't Mitch Mustain's fault. The game plan was conservative and his receivers were awful.

Sure, it was raining. Hard. But the Trojans receivers put on one of the worst shows you'll ever see, particularly on USC's final possession. Ronald Johnson dropped a sure touchdown pass a few plays after Brandon Carswell dropped a pass that would have been a big gain.

Another difference: Notre Dame could run the ball (147 yards) and USC could not (80).

The Trojans (7-5) lose their second consecutive game, and suddenly a solid season is taking a dramatic downturn. They are at rival UCLA on Saturday.