SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame lost its starting quarterback but managed to hold off USC 14-10 on a rainy Saturday night. Tommy Rees was knocked out of the game in the third quarter after being sacked for an 8-yard loss by linebacker Lamar Dawson. He stayed on the ground after the hit before being able to walk to the sideline surrounded by trainers.
Rees was examined on the sideline for a while before being taken to the locker room.
Rees had thrown for 166 yards with two touchdowns before having to leave. Andrew Hendrix, who replaced Rees, missed on all four of his pass attempts and ran for 5 yards on six carries for the Irish (5-2).
USC (4-3) was also without offensive weapons Saturday. Receiver Marqise Lee missed the second half with a left knee injury after having two catches for 18 yards in the first half, and the team's leading rusher, Tre Madden, didn't play.