Trojans Beat the Irish on Senior Day Adoree' Jackson scores 3 TDs to lead the Trojans to their eighth straight win

USC honored its senior class before the last home game of the season against rival Notre Dame today.

Seniors Justin Davis, Deion Hart, Taylor McNamara, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, Jordan Simmons, Zach Banner, Isaac Whitney, Chad Wheeler, De'Quan Hampton, Leon McQuay III, Quinton Powell, Darreus Rogers, Michael Hutchings and Zach Smith were greeted by friends and family before the game.

As rain started to pour in the Coliseum, Ronald Jones II found the end zone to put USC up, 10-7. The Trojans would never relinquish the lead.

Jones finished with 134 yards on the ground to push him over the 1,000-yard threshold on the season.

Jones has scored 11 total TDs in the last six games.

Later in the quarter, Adoree' Jackson would find the end zone for the first of three times on the day. He returned a punt 55 yards to put USC up, 17-7, and to tie Nelson Agholor's career punt return TD record at Troy.

Just 17 seconds later, CB Ajene Harris intercepted DeShone Kizer's pass and took it back for six to extend USC's lead heading into halftime.

Jackson later scored his first offensive TD of the year on a 52-yard reception, then added a 97-yard kickoff return TD to put an exclamation point on his eye-popping day.

The Thorpe and Hornung Award finalist became the first Trojan to score on both a punt return, kickoff return and reception since at least 1971.

Jackson's incredible day ignited conversation among Trojans and media members alike.

Aside from connecting with Jackson, Sam Darnold hit JuJu Smith-Schuster in the end zone to rack up his eighth straight multi-TD game, the longest streak in a season since Matt Leinart had 12 in 2003.

While Darnold finished with 205 pass yards, the Trojan rush game put up 207 for a balanced offensive effort.

While USC's offensive line kept Darnold upright all game, the Trojan defense mustered a season-high six sacks vs. the Irish to help USC hand Notre Dame its biggest loss to any opponent since 2014 (a 49-17 loss to USC).

With the win, USC improved to 9-3 on the season and went undefeated at home for the first time since 2008.

Now the Trojans await the results of the Utah-Colorado game, which decides USC's fate. If Utah wins, USC faces Washington in the Pac-12 Championship on Dec. 2.

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