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Spike that wasn't ends the upset that wasn't

One play would determine No. 1 USC's fate against Notre Dame, and there was no way Matt Leinart and Co. were going to play it safe.

Updated: October 16, 2005, 1:03 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame Stadium is in an uproar. The Fighting Irish and their fans have already celebrated their 31-28 upset of No. 1 USC, only to discover that their defense would have to stop the Trojans one more time.

The official stood over the ball, placed on the left hash inside the Notre Dame 1-yard line. There are seven seconds left, and there are 80,795 hearts in 80,795 throats. Even the full moon, brilliantly white, is peeking over the top of the east stands.

There would ...

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