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.