11/24/2012 07:33 pm ET Updated Nov 24, 2012

Notre Dame vs. USC LIVE UPDATES: No. 1 Irish Face Max Wittek, Trojans With BCS Title Chance On Line

For Notre Dame, the task is simple: Win.

The No. 1 Fighting Irish will clinch a berth in the BCS national championship game by defeating USC in Los Angeles. Losses by Alabama, Kansas State and Oregon in recent weeks have cleared the path for the Irish. All they have to do is walk it.

Standing between Brian Kelly's 11-0 club and the BCS title game is USC. Bruised and battered, the 7-4 Trojans can write a memorable finish to a forgettable season by knocking off their archrivals before a raucous home crowd at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

If the preseason No. 1 upsets the current No. 1 ranked team in Week 13, then redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek will likely play a key role. Filling in for Matt Barkley, sidelined by a shoulder injury, Wittek will make his first collegiate start against Manti Te'o and the dominant Irish defense.

"We're going to win this ballgame," Wittek told ESPN 710 LA after learning that he'd be starting.

Can Wittek make good on his prediction and make the Irish the latest No. 1 team to fall? Or will Notre Dame clinch a spot in the national title game?


11/24/2012 11:32 PM EST

Conversation Topic

@ JeffSchultzAJC :

Brent Musberger just said Irish fans will be talking about goal-line stand forever. More like USC fans.

11/24/2012 11:30 PM EST

Off The Wagon

@ adjoro :

Before playing Notre Dame, USC might have been most popular team in the nation. After losing, probably the least popular.

11/24/2012 11:29 PM EST


@ willbrinson :

Notre Dame plays the way the game should be played if you want to win: without a championship game.

11/24/2012 11:25 PM EST

Notre Dame Wins!

The Irish are heading for the BCS title game.

11/24/2012 11:25 PM EST

Tick Tock

USC still playing this out. 4 seconds to go. 3rd and 1 after completion and spike.

11/24/2012 11:24 PM EST

Punter Hit

Flags out for roughing the kicker. ND declines. USC has the ball with 19 seconds.

11/24/2012 11:22 PM EST

4th and 16

Irish will have to punt the ball to USC with some time remaining.

11/24/2012 11:21 PM EST

Victory Formation

Irish are letting the clock run down and Trojans just used their last timeout.

11/24/2012 11:21 PM EST

This Happened

@ jimrome :

4 downs from the 1 yard line. 0 points. Your 2012 USC Trojans.

11/24/2012 11:20 PM EST

Ride Riddick

12 yards on first down for Riddick and ND has some breathing room to operate. The clock is ticking under two minutes. Timeout Notre Dame at 1:56.