Golden In South Bend

By Adam Caparell - October 21, 2006

Just when we thought the Irish were dead, they came back to life. Golden boy Brady Quinn resurrected what looked to be a dead Irish team with less than two minutes to go. That was Heisman material stuff from Quinn, leading that 80-yard drive and connecting with Jeff Samardizja for the winning TD. Voters are going to remember that. It wasn’t a great day for the receivers, but in the end, they came through when needed and Quinn’s main man, Samardizja, is about as reliable and dependable as it gets. Who wouldn’t want to have Samardizja on their team? No one.

It was another close call for Notre Dame who almost threw away their chance at any outside national championship hopes and very well could have ended their shot at a BCS bowl as well. And this one came against a not-so-good UCLA team that was pretty banged up and was contemplating possibly going with a third-string QB during the middle of the week.

Remember, the $14-plus million that goes to the teams that participate in the BCS is shared with the conference the teams are affiliated with. Not with Notre Dame. They get to keep all that money. In South Bend, losses are costly in more ways than one.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 06:22 PM on October 21, 2006

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