USC-ND thriller destined to be remembered

If USC's improbable, unbelievable, amazing and (insert adjective of your choice) win over Notre Dame isn't the best game ever, it's on the short list.

Updated: October 16, 2005, 12:16 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- Matt Leinart stood barefoot in the visitors locker room, his ankles still taped, his grass-stained game pants still on, his eyes still red from the tears.

Yeah, he cried. Cried like a newborn -- not that you could blame him. Minutes earlier, as the full weight of USC's logic-defying 34-31 victory against Notre Dame became reality, Leinart had plopped hard on the metal bench behind the Trojans sideline and buried his head in his hands. His eye-black took a beating as the ...

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