Jerry Tillery is shown in a 2015 game. (Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery sparked outrage Saturday with two acts that occurred in short succession during his team’s game against Southern Cal. With two Trojans lying on the turf after separate fourth-quarter plays, the defensive end kicked one in the head and stepped on the other’s leg.

The first incident came after USC running back Aca’Cedric Ware took a huge shot from Notre Dame’s Nicco Fertitta. The nephew of former UFC co-owner Frank Fertitta, Nicco was ejected from the game for targeting, while Ware had trouble getting back up. Tillery (wearing No. 99) walked past the prone Ware and acted as if the Trojan’s head got in the way of his foot.

While Fertitta was penalized on the play, Tillery’s act apparently escaped the referees’ notice. But later in the drive, after the Trojans had scored to take a 44-21 lead, Tillery stepped on the leg of USC offensive lineman Zach Banner. That earned the sophomore a 15-yard penalty, plus some chewing out from Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly

Notre Dame went on to lose to USC, 45-27, ending its season at 4-8 and possibly ending Kelly’s seven-year stint as the head coach of the Fighting Irish. In October, Tillery made news when his Twitter account liked several tweets calling for Kelly to be replaced by Les Miles, who had recently been fired by LSU. A Louisiana native, Tillery was suspended from Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State this past January for an unspecified violation of team rules.