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|Perfect Irish in BCS Title Game
|UNDATED (AP) -- Notre Dame is going to the BCS championship game to play for its first national title in 24 years.
Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and the top-ranked Irish secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California.
Everett Golson passed for 217 yards as the 12-0 Fighting Irish completed their first perfect regular season since 1988. The Irish earned a trip to Miami on Jan. 7 and will play the winner of the Alabama-Georgia SEC championship game next Saturday.
Notre Dame's hard-nosed defense appropriately made the decisive stand in the final minutes. The Irish kept USC out of the end zone on four plays from the Irish 1 with 2:33 to play. USC finished 7-5.