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Fitting Finish

Enough offense, a heroic defense, and an expertly managed football game again provided the necessary margin for a Notre Dame team that finished its regular season atop the college football world.

LOS ANGELES -- Their backs were to their own goal, and that again proved unfortunate for Notre Dame's opponent. Leading 22-13 with 5:40 remaining in the regular season finale, decade foil USC stressed the Irish defense to its two yard line. More than three minutes, three penalties, seven snaps, one yard, and no points later, Notre Dame staked its claim to its first BCS Championship game...

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