LOS ANGELES (AP) - For four straight plays in the waning minutes, Notre Dame's defense was backed up to its 1 with its perfect season in peril.
And on four straight plays, Southern California got nothing.
"We're going to fight," linebacker Manti Te'o said. "That's our name. It doesn't matter where we are."
The Fighting Irish will be in Miami next. With one another hard-nosed victory, they punched their ticket to the BCS championship game.
Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and No. 1 Notre Dame secured the chance to play …