Pete Carroll explains what it means to be on top in the ND-USC series

In his first season as the USC head coach, Pete Carroll lost to Notre Dame.

He hasn't lost since.

On Saturday, the Trojans came into South Bend and held on to beat Notre Dame 34-27 to extend their win streak in the series to a remarkable eight games.

"It's awesome to play against Notre Dame when you're at USC," Carroll said after the win Saturday. "We're thrilled to have had the run we've had and hope to keep this thing rolling. It's a big deal to us. It's special."

The eight straight wins ties the record for the most ever by a program over Notre Dame. Michigan first set it when the Irish first began playing football in 1887. Michigan State also won eight straight over the Irish from 1955 to 1963.

Carroll didn't have an answer as to how USC has won eight straight in the series.

"It Doesn't have anything to do with the past to me, doesn't have anything to do with the future," he explained. "It's that day you play the game, you go for it."

"We've been able to have a really consistent run at this thing. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to say that. There's not a whole lot more you can enjoy when you're at SC."

And while the Notre Dame nation is heartbroken over the defeat, USC fans across the country continue to hold bragging rights.

"It's really special for the SC family to continue to be on top of this rivalry," Carroll said. "I know they're going to enjoy the heck out of it. They deserve it. Grateful to give it to them."

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