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Potential signature victory slips away from Aztecs

San Diego State was about to put Notre Dame on the ropes … then history reared its ugly head. Story

Updated: September 9, 2008, 3:12 PM ET
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Six inches … if that.

That's how close San Diego State came to finally getting its first signature victory in decades. Despite coming into the most hallowed cathedral in college football as 22-point underdogs -- and one week removed from a humbling loss to Football Championship Subdivision member Cal Poly -- the Aztecs were about to put Notre Dame on the ropes.

On 1st-and-goal at the Notre Dame 4, with a 13-7 lead and just over 12 minutes left in the ...

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