Jeweled Shillelagh

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Jeweled Shillelagh
The Jeweled Shilleglagh
Teams Notre Dame Fighting Irish
USC Trojans
Trophy originated 1952
First meeting 1926 (Notre Dame 13–12)
Last meeting 2013 (Notre Dame 14–10)
Next meeting November 29, 2014
Trophy series Notre Dame leads 45–35–5
(USC vacated 2005 win)
Current streak Notre Dame, 2 (2012–2013)
Longest winning streaks Notre Dame, 11 (1983–1993)
USC, 8 (2002-2009)
Largest victory Notre Dame 51, USC 0
November 26, 1966
Highest-scoring game USC 55, Notre Dame 24
November 30, 1974

Notre Dame logo USC logo

The Jeweled Shillelagh (shuh-LAY-lee) is the trophy awarded to the winner of the American college football rivalry game played annually by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team of the University of Notre Dame and USC Trojans football team of the University of Southern California. The shillelagh, an Irish club, is made of oak or blackthorn saplings from Ireland. On the end of the club is engraved the following: From the Emerald Isle. The trophy was introduced in 1952 to commemorate the rivalry that began December 4, 1926.

Series history[edit]

Notre Dame and USC take the field in 2007 in the 79th edition of the rivalry.

The trophy was originally presented in 1952 by the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Los Angeles, stating that "this shillelagh will serve to symbolize in part the high tradition, the keen rivalry, and above all the sincere respect which these two great universities have for each other."

For each victory, a respective jeweled ornament is added to the foot-long club. For each USC victory, a ruby-adorned Trojan head is added, marked with the year and game score; for each Notre Dame victory, a similarly detailed emerald-studded shamrock is added. For tie games, a combined Trojan head/shamrock medallion is used (in 1996 NCAA changed the rules to allow for overtime and thus no more ties are possible). Although the shillelagh was introduced in 1952, the medallions go back to the start of the series in 1926.

When the original shillelagh ran out of space for the Trojan heads and shamrocks after the 1989 game, it was retired and is permanently displayed at Notre Dame. A new shillelagh, longer than the original, was introduced for the 1997 season with medallions made by Images Jewelers of Elkhart, Indiana.

As of the end of the 2013 season, there are now 45 shamrocks, 35 Trojan heads, and five combined medallions on the shillelaghs. On June 10, 2010, the NCAA ruled that USC was guilty of a "lack of institutional control" involving the football, men's basketball, and women's tennis programs. The result was the NCAA officially vacating all USC wins from the 2005 season, including the 2005 Notre Dame vs. USC game.[1]

Game results[edit]

Notre Dame victories USC victories Tie games
Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
December 4, 1926 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 13 USC 12 ND 1–0
November 26, 1927 Chicago, IL Notre Dame 7 USC 6 ND 2–0
December 1, 1928 Los Angeles, CA USC 27 Notre Dame 14 ND 2–1
November 16, 1929 Chicago, IL Notre Dame 13 USC 12 ND 3–1
December 6, 1930 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 27 USC 0 ND 4–1
November 21, 1931 South Bend, IN USC 16 Notre Dame 14 ND 4–2
December 10, 1932 Los Angeles, CA USC 13 Notre Dame 0 ND 4–3
November 25, 1933 South Bend, IN USC 19 Notre Dame 0 Tied 4–4
December 8, 1934 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 14 USC 0 ND 5–4
November 23, 1935 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 20 USC 13 ND 6–4
December 5, 1936 Los Angeles, CA USC 13 #8 Notre Dame 13 ND 6–4–1
November 27, 1937 South Bend, IN #9 Notre Dame 13 USC 6 ND 7–4–1
December 3, 1938 Los Angeles, CA #8 USC 13 #1 Notre Dame 0 ND 7–5–1
November 25, 1939 South Bend, IN #4 USC 20 #7 Notre Dame 12 ND 7–6–1
December 7, 1940 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 10 USC 6 ND 8–6–1
November 22, 1941 South Bend, IN #4 Notre Dame 20 USC 18 ND 9–6–1
November 28, 1942 Los Angeles, CA #8 Notre Dame 13 #14 USC 0 ND 10–6–1
November 30, 1946 South Bend, IN #2 Notre Dame 26 #16 USC 6 ND 11–6–1
December 6, 1947 Los Angeles, CA #1 Notre Dame 38 #3 USC 7 ND 12–6–1
December 4, 1948 Los Angeles, CA USC 14 #2 Notre Dame 14 ND 12–6–2
November 26, 1949 South Bend, IN #1 Notre Dame 32 #17 USC 0 ND 13–6–2
December 2, 1950 Los Angeles, CA USC 9 Notre Dame 7 ND 13–7–2
December 1, 1951 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 19 #20 USC 12 ND 14–7–2
November 29, 1952 South Bend, IN #7 Notre Dame 9 #2 USC 0 ND 15–7–2
November 28, 1953 Los Angeles, CA #2 Notre Dame 48 #20 USC 14 ND 16–7–2
November 27, 1954 South Bend, IN #4 Notre Dame 23 #17 USC 17 ND 17–7–2
November 26, 1955 Los Angeles, CA USC 42 #5 Notre Dame 20 ND 17–8–2
December 1, 1956 Los Angeles, CA #17 USC 28 Notre Dame 20 ND 17–9–2
November 30, 1957 South Bend, IN #12 Notre Dame 40 USC 12 ND 18–9–2
November 29, 1958 Los Angeles, CA #18 Notre Dame 20 USC 13 ND 19–9–2
November 28, 1959 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 16 #7 USC 6 ND 20–9–2
November 26, 1960 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 17 USC 0 ND 21–9–2
October 14, 1961 South Bend, IN #8 Notre Dame 30 USC 0 ND 22–9–2
December 1, 1962 Los Angeles, CA #1 USC 25 Notre Dame 0 ND 22–10–2
October 12, 1963 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 17 #7 USC 14 ND 23–10–2
November 28, 1964 Los Angeles, CA USC 20 #1 Notre Dame 17 ND 23–11–2
October 23, 1965 South Bend, IN #7 Notre Dame 28 #4 USC 7 ND 24–11–2
November 26, 1966 Los Angeles, CA #1 Notre Dame 51 #10 USC 0 ND 25–11–2
October 14, 1967 South Bend, IN #1 USC 24 #5 Notre Dame 7 ND 25–12–2
November 30, 1968 Los Angeles, CA #2 USC 21 #9 Notre Dame 21 ND 25–12–3
October 18, 1969 South Bend, IN #11 Notre Dame 14 #3 USC 14 ND 25–12–4
November 28, 1970 Los Angeles, CA USC 38 #4 Notre Dame 28 ND 25–13–4
November 23, 1971 South Bend, IN USC 28 #6 Notre Dame 14 ND 25–14–4
December 2, 1972 Los Angeles, CA #1 USC 45 #10 Notre Dame 23 ND 25–15–4
October 27, 1973 South Bend, IN #8 Notre Dame 23 #6 USC 14 ND 26–15–4
November 30, 1974 Los Angeles, CA #6 USC 55 #5 Notre Dame 24 ND 26–16–4
October 25, 1975 South Bend, IN #3 USC 24 #14 Notre Dame 17 ND 26–17–4
November 27, 1976 Los Angeles, CA #3 USC 17 #13 Notre Dame 13 ND 26–18–4
October 22, 1977 South Bend, IN #11 Notre Dame 49 #5 USC 19 ND 27–18–4
November 25, 1978 Los Angeles, CA #3 USC 27 #8 Notre Dame 25 ND 27–19–4
October 20, 1979 South Bend, IN #4 USC 42 #9 Notre Dame 23 ND 27–20–4
December 6, 1980 Los Angeles, CA #17 USC 20 #2 Notre Dame 3 ND 27–21–4
October 24, 1981 South Bend, IN #5 USC 14 Notre Dame 7 ND 27–22–4
November 27, 1982 Los Angeles, CA #17 USC 17 Notre Dame 13 ND 27–23–4
October 22, 1983 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 27 USC 6 ND 28–23–4
November 24, 1984 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 19 #14 USC 7 ND 29–23–4
October 26, 1985 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 37 USC 3 ND 30–23–4
November 29, 1986 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 38 #17 USC 37 ND 31–23–4
October 24, 1987 South Bend, IN #10 Notre Dame 26 USC 15 ND 32–23–4
November 26, 1988 Los Angeles, CA #1 Notre Dame 27 #2 USC 10 ND 33–23–4
October 21, 1989 South Bend, IN #1 Notre Dame 28 #9 USC 24 ND 34–23–4
November 24, 1990 Los Angeles, CA #7 Notre Dame 10 #18 USC 6 ND 35–23–4
October 26, 1991 South Bend, IN #5 Notre Dame 24 USC 20 ND 36–23–4
November 28, 1992 Los Angeles, CA #5 Notre Dame 31 #19 USC 23 ND 37–23–4
October 23, 1993 South Bend, IN #2 Notre Dame 31 USC 13 ND 38–23–4
November 26, 1994 Los Angeles, CA #17 USC 17 Notre Dame 17 ND 38–23–5
October 21, 1995 South Bend, IN #17 Notre Dame 38 #5 USC 10 ND 39–23–5
November 30, 1996 Los Angeles, CA USC 27 #6 Notre Dame 20 ND 39–24–5
October 18, 1997 South Bend, IN USC 20 Notre Dame 17 ND 39–25–5
November 28, 1998 Los Angeles, CA USC 10 #9 Notre Dame 0 ND 39–26–5
October 16, 1999 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 25 USC 24 ND 40–26–5
November 25, 2000 Los Angeles, CA #11 Notre Dame 38 USC 21 ND 41–26–5
October 20, 2001 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 27 USC 16 ND 42–26–5
November 30, 2002 Los Angeles, CA #6 USC 44 #7 Notre Dame 13 ND 42–27–5
October 18, 2003 South Bend, IN #4 USC 45 Notre Dame 14 ND 42–28–5
November 27, 2004 Los Angeles, CA #1 USC 41 Notre Dame 10 ND 42–29–5
October 15, 2005* South Bend, IN #1 USC 34 #9 Notre Dame 31 ND 42–30–5
November 25, 2006 Los Angeles, CA #2 USC 44 #6 Notre Dame 24 ND 42–31–5
October 20, 2007 South Bend, IN #9 USC 38 Notre Dame 0 ND 42–32–5
November 29, 2008 Los Angeles, CA #5 USC 38 Notre Dame 3 ND 42–33–5
October 17, 2009 South Bend, IN #6 USC 34 #25 Notre Dame 27 ND 42–34–5
November 27, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame 20 USC 16 ND 43–34–5
October 22, 2011 South Bend, IN USC 31 Notre Dame 17 ND 43–35–5
November 24, 2012 Los Angeles, CA #1 Notre Dame 22 USC 13 ND 44–35–5
October 19, 2013 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 14 USC 10 ND 45–35–5
November 29, 2014 Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame USC ND TBD–TBD–5

* USC won the game played on October 15, 2005 but the victory was later vacated by the NCAA for rules infractions. Also known as the "Bush Push game". The game ended when Reggie Bush pushed quarterback Matt Leinart into the end zone for the winning touchdown. [2]

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