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The Trojans and Fighting Irish have plenty on the line as their rivalry continues Saturday night

USC's offense came out of the gates strong, and the No. 6 Trojans have taken an early 10-0 lead on No. 15 Notre Dame entering the second quarter of their rivalry showdown. Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams, who has emerged as a late-season Heisman Trophy favorite, led a 75-yard touchdown drive on the game's opening series and capped it with an 11-yard strike to Tahj Washington. 

On their next possession, the Trojans had a first-and-goal on the Notre Dame 2-yard line, but wound up settling for a field goal after Williams was called for offensive pass interference while trying to prevent an interception on a trick play. Notre Dame went three-and-out on its first possession but was driving to close the first quarter.

For both programs, the game represents the opportunity for first-year coaches to enter the postseason with major momentum. It's been a smoother ride for USC's Lincoln Riley than Notre Dame's Marcus Freeman, but both have their teams playing some of their best football of the season. The Trojans are headed to the Pac-12 Championship Game next week and can keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive with a win.

CBS Sports will be here throughout the night with live updates, highlights and analysis as the Trojans and Irish battle each other in what should be a tremendous game to wrap up Rivalry Week.

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Touchdown USC

The Trojans took 5:40 off the clock there, leaving Notre Dame just 34 seconds on the second quarter clock. Williams finished it with a 5-yard touchdown run on the read option. That's three scores on four possessions in the first half for USC. Williams has been pretty great tonight and now has scores through the air and on the ground.

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Huge score

Fighting Irish just went 80 yards for a HUGE score as Drew Pyne hits Matthew Mayer for a 22-yard touchdown to make it 10-7. Pyne hit Deion Colzie for a gain of 30 on a third-and-long to get the Fighting Irish into USC territory, then Chris Tyree broke off an 18-yard run. Some big plays on that series to suggest this Notre Dame is, in fact, capable of hanging around here. Pyne is 7 of 7.

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Caleb Williams punts

 USC quarterback Caleb Williams has been a QB, receiver and now punter in tonight's first half. Trojans were faced with a fourth-and-8 from their own 42 and lined up to go for it. But Williams punted from the shotgun — a nice punt! — and it bounded into the end zone for a 58-yard touchback. Williams was sacked for a loss of 10 on second and down and was nearly sacked again on third down before pulling a 12-yard completion to Jordan Addison from nowhere. Great series for the Fighting Irish defense.

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Fourth down stop

USC comes up with a huge surge on the interior to stop Notre Dame's QB sneak on fourth-and-1 at the USC 27-yard line. Probably the right call to go for it with such a manageable distance, especially when the field goal attempt would have been from 44 yards. But it doesn't work out, and USC's offense gets the football back with a 10-0 lead. Could be a a huge play in this game.

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Irish driving

Notre Dame is in business as the second quarter arrives. Logan Diggs converted a third-and-2 with a powerful run, and then Drew Pyne hit Audric Estime for a 30-yard completion into USC territory. Irish will need points on this series, and probably a TD, if they are going to keep up with a USC offense that appears to be in good shape.

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USC field goal

Late 1Q: USC 10, Notre Dame 0

Notre Dame is not a team built to overcome double-digit deficits. But it will have to become one if it is going to challenge USC tonight. The Trojans benefitted from the overruled fumble and from a nifty 16-yard dump off from Williams to Austin Jones. Ultimately, a strange sequence kept USC from scoring a touchdown. The highlight was a trick play that resulted in Caleb Williams committing offensive pass interference in the end zone to prevent an interception. Resulted in a third-and-goal from the 26-yard line, and the Trojans wound up kicking a field goal.

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Turnover overruled

Jordan Addison was on his way into the red zone on a big gain when all the sudden Notre Dame's Isaiah Foskey forced a fumble. However, they ruled upon review that Jordan Addison recovered it and had possession before Notre Dame's JD Bertrand came away with it. Goes down as a 23-yard gain for USC.

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Three-and-out

The Fighting Irish picked up six yards on first down with Logan Diggs but Shane Lee came up with a big TFL on third-and-short to force a Notre Dame punt. USC takes over at midfield already leading 7-0. Great start for the Trojans in all phases.

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Touchdown USC

Caleb Williams and USC march down the field on the game's opening possession for a touchdown as Williams finds Tahj Washington for an 11-yard touchdown. Williams hit Lake McRee for a 31-yard gain on third-and-2, and Jordan Addison took a reverse pitch for a 13-yard gain on the next play to put the Trojans on the cusp of the red zone. Impressive opening series for the Trojans. 

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Off and running

Notre Dame defers to the second half, and USC will receive. The Notre Dame defense vs. Caleb Williams to start things off. That's the matchup of the night. Here we go from LA.

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Here we go

"This will be the first time both Lincoln Riley and Marcus Freeman have taken part in this rivalry as head coaches of their respective programs. There's also the issue of USC's pursuit of a first-ever College Football Playoff appearance, Caleb Williams closing in on a potential Heisman Trophy and whether Notre Dame can win a sixth straight game to close the season strong and give itself a shot at crashing the New Year's Six." - Chip Patterson

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