Going for the Goal
This is an article from the Oct. 24, 2005 issue
With 2:04 left in the fourth quarter last Saturday in South Bend, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn reached for pay dirt on a five-yard keeper to cap an eight-play, 87-yard drive. The touchdown put the Irish in front of USC 31-28 and, on a day of dramatic endings, set up one of the most fantastic finishes in the history of their 79-year-old rivalry (page 56).
On fourth-and-nine from the Trojans' 26, with 1:32 remaining, USC sophomore Dwayne Jarrett (8), despite double vision caused by an earlier hit, grabbed a pass over the arm of Notre Dame cornerback Ambrose Wooden, picking up 61 yards.
Going for Broke
Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart (11) attempted to score on an end run from the two-yard line, but Irish linebacker Corey Mays knocked the ball loose just short of the goal line. Had Leinart (LIFE OF REILLY, page 148) not fumbled out-of-bounds, the clock would have run out; instead, he carried USC to a stunning 34-31 victory with a TD on the next play (photo, page 56).
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