The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tony Jones Jr. rushed for a career-high 176 yards, and Jonathan Doerer kicked three long field goals as No. 9 Notre Dame held off longtime rival Southern California 30-27 Saturday night.

The Fighting Irish (5-1), who rushed for a season-high 308 yards, clinched their third straight victory over the Trojans (2-1 Pac-12, 3-3 overall) on Ian Book’s 8-yard run with 3:33 left.

“An exciting football game,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “Our guys prepared so well for this game. They (USC) were coming off a bye week, and we knew there were some things we’d have to adjust to. We took USC’s best shot.”

Book’s touchdown ended a 14-play, 75-yard drive that took 6:54 off the clock after USC had drawn within 23-20.

The Irish finished with 473 total yards to USC’s 426.

The Trojans’ Markese Stepp, who ran for 82 yards, scored from the 2 with 1:04 left to make it 30-27. But Notre Dame’s Brock Wright recovered the onside kick, and the Irish ran out the clock.

“Notre Dame is a good football team, and we are, too, and I can’t wait to watch the next six games,” said USC coach Clay Helton, who fell to 1-4 against Notre Dame.

Jones’ fourth 100-yard game of the season came on 25 carries. He had 12 runs for 120 yards in the first half.

USC freshman Kedon Slovis completed 24 of 35 passes for 255 yards in his first game back from a concussion three weeks ago.

Slovis threw touchdown passes of 38 yards to Amon-Ra St. Brown in the third quarter and 5 yards to Tyler Vaughns in the fourth.

Also Saturday:


No. 18 Arizona St. 38, Washington St. 34: TEMPE, Ariz. — Jayden Daniels scored on a 17-yard scramble with 34 seconds left and threw three touchdown passes to ailing Brandon Aiyuk to lead Arizona State (2-1 Pac-12, 5-1 overall) in a comeback win.

Daniels threw for 363 yards on 26-of-36 passing. Aiyuk had seven catches for 196 yards despite an illness that kept him out for portions of the game.

Anthony Gordon threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns, but Washington State (0-3, 3-3) was again let down by its defense.

Top 25

South Carolina 20, No. 3 Georgia 17: ATHENS, Ga. — Parker White’s 23-yard field goal in the second overtime proved to be enough when Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship was wide left on his attempt from 42 yards, giving South Carolina its first win over an AP Top 25 opponent since beating Georgia in 2014.

No. 5 LSU 42, No. 7 Florida 28: BATON ROUGE, La. — Joe Burrow passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and LSU scored three straight touchdowns after falling behind early in the second half to beat the Gators.

No. 6 Oklahoma 34, No. 11 Texas 27: DALLAS — Jalen Hurts threw three touchdown passes to CeeDee Lamb and the Sooners never trailed against Texas.