Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 10/25/11
At one point in the second quarter on Saturday in South Bend, Notre Dame trailed the University of Southern California 17-0. The Fighting Irish fought back and cut the lead to 24-17 with 14 minutes left in the game. USC then went ahead 31-17 and got the ball back with just under seven minutes in regulation. With plenty of game left, the Trojans' goal was to run the clock down as far as possible, forcing Notre Dame to take their timeouts.

As expected, USC ran the ball. And unexpectedly, ND saved their three timeouts for a rainy day. ND head coach Brian Kelly failed to use any of Notre Dame's timeouts to stop the clock in an effort to get the ball back on USC's game-endng drive. Instead, Kelly allowed USC to run the ball ten straight times and wind down the final 6:43. USC even faced three third downs and was allowed to eat clock.

Following the game, USC linebacker Chris Galippo and quarterback Matt Barkley both thought that Notre Dame gave up. Galippo was quoted as saying:
"At the end there, when they didn't call those timeouts, they just quit. And that's what Notre Dame football's about. They're not anything like USC."
Barkley was also surprised that the Irish didn't stop the clock and said he agreed with his teammate when asked about Galippo's comments.
"It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up. It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn't have wanted to have been on that sideline."
Upon hearing his players' accusations, USC head coach Lane Kiffin called Kelly personally to apologize. Brian Kelly refused to get into a debate about the waning minutes of Saturday's game and comments from USC.

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