Kessler threw for 187 yards and a touchdown, running in another in the loss.
Justin Davis rushed for 130 yards for the Trojans, while Ronald Jones II became the top freshman rusher in USC history.
Cody Kessler completed 30 of 41 passes for 248 yards and two scores for USC.
Ronald Jones II, Justin Davis and Soma Vainuku rushed for scores
Spring ball begins March 5.
Dec. 30, 2015
USC falls to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship, on December 5, 2015.
The Trojans win on the road against Colorado, on November 13, 2015.
Trojans take down undefeated Utah at home on Saturday.
Photos from USC @ Notre Dame on Oct 17, 2015
Clay Helton, in his sixth year (2010-15) at USC, was named USC’s head coach on Nov. 30, 2015, dropping the interim head coach title he had held since Oct. 12 of that season (for USC’s final 7 regular season games after starting the 2015 season as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (he remains the play caller).
Helton took on the offensive coordinator role in 2013. He was the quarterbacks coach his first 6 years before being named interim head coach. He added the passing game coordinator role in 2012 before becoming the offensive coordinator. He joined the USC staff in February of 2010 after spending 10 seasons as an assistant at Memphis.
In 2014, quarterback Cody Kessler had the most efficient passing season in USC history (69.7%, 39 TDs, 5 interceptions) while setting USC season records for completions (315), completion percentage (69.7), passing efficiency (167.1) and interception rate (1.11) and tying USC season marks for TD passes (39) and 300-yard passing games (7). He also threw a school record 7 TD passes against Colorado and a Notre Dame opponents record 6 TDs against the Irish. USC’s offense ranked in the national Top 25 in passing efficiency, passing offense, third down conversions and scoring offense in 2014. USC played in the 2014 Holiday Bowl.
In 2013, he served as USC's interim head coach in its victory over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Trojan offense was in the national Top 25 in red zone scoring.
In 2012, quarterback Matt Barkley won the Wuerrfel Trophy and was a finalist for the Manning Award, Unitas Golden Arm Award, Senior CLASS Award and ARA Sportsmanship Award as he became the Pac-12 career recordholder for passing yards (12,327), completions (1,001), touchdowns (116) and total offense (12,214). He also was a 2012 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete. He was a fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
In 2011, Barkley was a Manning Award and Wuerrfel Trophy finalist as he set the Pac-12 season record for TD passes (39) and the USC season mark for pass completion percentage (69.1%), as well as school game standards for completions (35), pass yardage (468), passing TDs (6) and total offense (470). He was eighth nationally in passing efficiency and 16th in total offense. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Helton, 43, began his 10-year (2000-09) Memphis career as the running backs coach for 3 seasons, then coached the Tigers' receivers for the next 4 seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the final 3 years.
Among the Tigers' running backs he tutored was school rushing/scoring/all-purpose running recordholder DeAngelo Williams, who went on to finish seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2005 and be an NFL first round selection.
As the receivers coach, he produced a pair of Conference USA All-Freshman picks in Maurice Jones (2005) and Duke Calhoun (2006), as well as the school's No. 4 all-time receptions leader in Ryan Scott. In 2003, Memphis set school season records for receptions and receiving yardage.
As the Tigers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the 2007 and 2008 offenses were among the top 6 in school history in total yards and points. Both squads were ranked in the top 26 nationally in total offense. Quarterback Martin Hankins became Memphis' No. 2 career passer and set single season records for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes in 2007. In 2009, Curtis Steele had his second consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards, Calhoun became the school's all-time leading receiver and Carlos Singleton set the career mark for receiving touchdowns
Memphis played in 5 bowls during Helton's time: the 2003 and 2007 New Orleans Bowls, 2004 GMAC Bowl, 2005 Motor City Bowl and 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl.
Helton was hired as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State after the 2009 season, but was there just 2 months before coming to USC.
Before Memphis, he was the running backs coach at Houston, his alma mater, for 3 seasons (1997-99), working under his father, head coach Kim Helton.
He began his coaching career at Duke, serving as a graduate assistant in 1995 and then the running backs coach in 1996.
He played quarterback at Houston in 1993 and 1994, playing for his father both seasons and captaining the Cougars as a 1994 senior. In 1993, he completed 1-of-3 passes in late duty in Houston's 49-7 loss to USC in the Coliseum.
He spent 1991 and 1992 at Auburn, where he earned 1992 SEC All-Academic honors. He redshirted there in 1990.
He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and interdisciplinary science from Houston in 1994.
He prepped at Clements High in Sugar Land (Tex.)
He was born on June 24, 1972. He and his wife, Angela, have 3 children: sons Reid, 18, and Turner, 12, and daughter Aubrey, 16. Besides being Houston's head coach from 1993 to 1999, his father, Kim, was an assistant in college (Florida, Miami and Alabama Birmingham), the NFL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins) and the CFL (Toronto Argonauts) following his playing career at Florida. His brother, Tyson, is the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky after assistant coaching stops at Cincinnati, Alabama Birmingham, Memphis and Hawaii and playing at Houston.
BIRTHDAY: June 24, 1972
*1-0 as USC's interim head coach for bowl game