Officials fail to notice Notre Dame's Brian Kelly standing on field during USC's game-deciding onside kick

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Brian Kelly probably should have received a flag here. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A Notre Dame-USC game that got testy at halftime ended in controversy on Saturday, as officials somehow failed to notice a wildly gesturing, presumably screaming man that was jumping up and down on the field during a game-deciding onside kick attempt for the Trojans.

The man in question: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

The onside-kick attempt came after a Markese Stepp touchdown that cut Notre Dame’s lead to three points at 30-27. With Kelly on the field, USC attempted to get the ball back with a minute left in the game, but were unable to recover the ball.

Unlike the officials, USC head coach Clay Helton did notice Kelly on the field and asked if the play was reviewable after it didn’t go his team’s way.

Had an official noticed Kelly, USC might have gotten another attempt at kicking the ball, but alas. Such is life with a Pac-12 officiating crew.

Thanks to a massive day on the ground from running back Tony Jones Jr. and company (308 rushing yards), No. 9 Notre Dame survived the comeback scare from USC. The Irish will now head into a bye week with another rivalry game at Michigan on tap for Oct. 26.

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