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Will Fuller racks up 131 yards as Notre Dame knocks off USC


Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller didn't waste any time making an impact in the Fighting Irish's 41-31 win over USC on Saturday.

With a 75-yard touchdown catch to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter, the junior speedster strengthened his reputation as one of the most dangerous deep threats in the college game.

If the cornerback Fuller burned looked familiar, he should -- that was USC sophomore Adoree' Jackson, one of the fastest and most talented cover men in the nation. Fuller finished with three catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. For the year, Fuller has 32 receptions for 702 yards and seven touchdowns. He averages 21.9 yards per catch.

Fuller, a junior, couldn't have picked a better night to show the NFL what he can do against a top-shelf cornerback like Jackson. There were 15 NFL clubs credentialed to scout the game, which included a number of other top prospects, including Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley and linebacker Jaylon Smith, as well as linebacker/safety Su'a Cravens from USC.

Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise added 143 yards on 19 carries for the Fighting Irish.

USC senior quarterback Cody Kessler completed 30 of 46 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.

The loss brings an end to a week of turmoil for USC, which dismissed head coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday. It won't get any easier for interim coach Clay Helton, as the Trojans host Utah next week.

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