Kessler's 6 TDs lead USC past Notre Dame 49-14

Nov 29, 2014 8:35 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cody Kessler passed for 372 yards and threw two of his six touchdown passes to George Farmer, leading Southern California to a 49-14 victory over Notre Dame in the 85th edition of the intersectional rivalry Saturday.

Adoree Jackson, Darreus Rogers and Nelson Agholor also caught TD passes in a dynamic first half for the Trojans (8-4), who jumped to a 35-0 lead in the second quarter.

USC easily reclaimed the Jeweled Shillelagh after two straight losses to the Irish, piling up 577 yards against Notre Dame's injury-plagued defense.

With Kessler's second-half scoring throw to Randall Telfer, Notre Dame yielded six touchdown passes for the first time in the program's 127-year history.

That defensive low caps a miserable second-half slide for the Irish (7-5), who have lost five of their last six games.

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