Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and the game's only touchdown to lead Notre Dame over USC Saturday night and help the Irish secure an undefeated regular season.
Notre Dame is now off to Miami to play for the national championship.
"If you want to know about the Fighting Irish, you just need to look at Theo Riddick," Irish coach Brian Kelly says.
Riddick was a running back for Charlie Weis as a freshman and then was turned into a wide receiver when Brian Kelly in 2010. After two years at wideout, he returned to running back full time at the start of this season.
"Broke countless tackles and got us the yards we needed," Kelly said of Riddick's performance versus USC. "You just look at his jersey after the game, there's no wonder why this team has the toughness that is has."
"We're a totally different team from week one and I think all you guys can see that," Riddick said.
Riddick jumped into the student section at the LA Coliseum to celebrate with fans once the clock hit 0:00 Saturday night.
"It was unbelievable," Riddick says. "You can't describe the feeling--you are just caught up in the moment. Just happy we got the 'w' and I'm just happy for everyone in that locker room."