WATCH: Marcus Freeman celebrates with Notre Dame fans after USC victory
Marcus Freeman led Notre Dame to a 48-20 win over USC on Saturday night.
It was a dominant performance for the Fighting Irish, who held the Trojans to just 4.1 yards per carry. That’s the lowest output for a Lincoln Riley-led offense since 2015 when he was still an offensive coordinator.
Freeman and Al Golden’s defense forced 5 total turnovers on the night, including three interceptions from reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams.
After the game, Freeman made sure to savor the moment while celebrating with some fans inside Notre Dame stadium. Here’s video of the scene, courtesy of Matt Fortuna:
Marcus Freeman meets the crowd pic.twitter.com/Hn9rhYPUXn
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 15, 2023
Here’s another angle from Douglas Farmer:
Marcus Freeman embraces the moment in the tunnel with Notre Dame fans pic.twitter.com/ARwlJzPaiq
— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 15, 2023
This is a huge win for Notre Dame, who was looking to avoid its third loss in its last four games. The Fighting Irish just completed a four-game stretch of facing ranked, undefeated teams. They went 2-2 over that span.
This is also Freeman’s first-ever win over the Trojans as Notre Dame’s head coach. Last season, USC defeated Notre Dame 38-27 in Los Angeles. USC still has not defeated Notre Dame in South Bend since the 2011 season.