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first_img USC tailback Reggie Bush was more emphatic, saying, “I think this win goes down as the No. 1 win all-time for USC against Notre Dame.” It was also memorable for Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, who broke out green jerseys for the game and visited USC’s locker room afterward. “I hope you guys win it all,” Weis told the Trojans. It didn’t look like USC would win anything most of Saturday, but the Trojans took a 24-21 lead on a 9-yard run by Bush with 5:09 left. The Irish (4-2) made USC look ordinary, however, as they drove 86 yards for a 28-24 lead on quarterback Brady Quinn’s 5-yard run with 2:04 remaining. USC (6-0) then launched a memorable drive that featured everything you would expect from a classic rivalry game. Leinart threw an incomplete pass and got sacked to set up USC’s fourth-down dilemma. But the Heisman Trophy winner changed the play at the line and threw for Jarrett, who missed six plays because of the scratched cornea. “Honestly, I thought the pass was short,” Leinart said. Jarrett almost didn’t catch the pass, saying, “The ball was inside the defender and I had to reach around him. At the last second, he tried to grab it.” Jarrett got tackled at Notre Dame’s 13 and two Bush runs got the ball to the 2. That’s when things got a little crazy. With no timeouts and 23 seconds remaining, Leinart scrambled and attempted to dive in the end zone. He fumbled and the clock ticked down to 0:00, causing Notre Dame and its fans to rush the field. But the Pacific-10 Conference officiating crew ruled that Leinart fumbled after going out of bounds at the 1. “I knew they blew the whistle, I knew they would correct it,” Carroll said. Around this time, USC assistant coach Brennan Carroll signaled for a timeout but fortunately no one called one, because the Trojans were out of them. There were seven seconds left as the referees prepared to start the clock, so Carroll motioned to Leinart to spike the ball. Leinart then motioned to the offense that he would spike the ball. It all turned out to be a ploy. Carroll hoped to fool the Irish into relaxing if they thought Leinart would spike. He really wanted the quarterback to sneak it in to the end zone. Carroll learned the play watching former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in the NFL. “I’m hoping their coaches will see it,” Carroll said. “And I’m hoping their players will relax. That someone will relax. We know what we’re doing on that one. We’ve practiced that for years.” Leinart claimed he made the decision to go for it. “I asked Reggie and he said, ‘Just do it.’ I was going to do it anyway,” Leinart said. “You go for the win and be a hero or don’t make it and second-guess yourself. I just wanted to do it. “I don’t know, I was trying to make a play. The rest his history.” Whether it fooled the Irish is highly debatable. Leinart got hit at the 1, then received a push from behind by Bush and made it into the end zone with three seconds left. “Bush pushed me, I felt something,” Leinart said. “I made sure he got in there,” Bush added. Replays indicated blocks from offensive tackle Sam Baker and tight end Fred Davis were equally important, but future lore will no doubt dictate that Bush pushed him into the end zone. It could have been an extremely controversial finish for Carroll if Leinart didn’t make it, with power back LenDale White on the sidelines. “You don’t have a lot of time to run new personnel in,” USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. For his part, White said, “At first I was going to go in but then (Notre Dame) would have loaded up the box for me. I’m glad Matt took it in.” The finish masked several weaknesses that nearly derailed USC’s season: Leinart threw two interceptions and no touchdowns in a game that probably derailed his frontrunner status for a repeat Heisman. “I was off all night,” he said. “I don’t know what was wrong.” Weis gave Carroll fits the entire game and showed it is possible to wear down USC’s defense. Carroll’s rarely been worked over like on Notre Dame’s final drive, when the Irish went 87 yards in eight plays. “He was on fire, give him credit, he was doing a great job,” Carroll said. In the end, however, Carroll retained his own luck of the Irish, pulling out another dramatic victory as USC won its 28th straight game. “This is one of those games you will see on one of those Classic channels somewhere soon,” Carroll said. He wasn’t quite clear how important it might be for the rivalry, however. Told that this was perhaps his greatest victory, Carroll asked, “Do you say that because of the finish or was it really a great game?” Either way works for the Trojans. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BEND, Ind. – With USC’s national championship hopes nearly finished, receiver Dwayne Jarrett ran onto the field with a scratched cornea, seeing double, so two footballs came straight at him. On fourth-and-9 from the Trojans’ 26-yard line with 1:32 left, Jarrett saw a blurred vision of USC’s future. “I only could see out of my left eye,” Jarrett said. “I’m seeing double. When it was in the air, it was like two balls.” Jarrett plucked the correct one for a 61-yard reception that led to Matt Leinart’s 1-yard touchdown with three seconds left as No. 1-ranked USC preserved its title hopes with a come-from-behind 34-31 victory over No. 9-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday in front of 80,795 at Notre Dame Stadium. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I told him, ‘There ain’t no way you’re going in there’ and he said he was OK,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “The doctors said he could go in and I knew the game was down to that one play.” This was undoubtedly one of the best games of the storied rivalry, as the teams traded the lead three times in the final six minutes. The final drive broke the hearts of Notre Dame and its fans, which stormed the field prematurely only to see the Trojans pull out the victory. USC players were then overcome with emotion in the same spot where the Irish celebrated. “Honestly, I felt a miracle would happen,” USC receiver Steve Smith (Taft of Woodland Hills) said. “Of course, there’s doubts in your mind. I would feel so stunned if we lost. I couldn’t even think about that.” Leinart, who struggled the entire game before his dramatic go-ahead touchdown, said, “That’s probably one of the greatest finishes ever. This game goes in history books as one of the greatest ever.” last_img read more

Diaspora Contributed US$186,000 to Education Sector

first_img The event was held to commission a study on the economic value of the diaspora being undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI). Story Highlights This was reported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day Breakfast event held on Friday (June 16) at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road, Kingston. The diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017. The diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017.This was reported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day Breakfast event held on Friday (June 16) at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road, Kingston.The event was held to commission a study on the economic value of the diaspora being undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI).It was also part of activities to observe Diaspora Day celebrated locally and abroad on June 16.Minister Johnson Smith said the money came from in-kind donations in the form of educational materials, inclusive of books and computers.“We truly value the sacrifices that many of them make to their families and communities evidenced by their generous gifts, whether through philanthropic donations or sharing of their time, skills and expertise,” she said.The Minister said that Jamaican nationals overseas have also provided an important niche market for non-traditional products.She said that products, such as yams, sweet potatoes, papaya, dasheen, pumpkin, mangoes, breadfruit, callaloo and ackee are now top agricultural exports to the United Kingdom, United States of America (USA) and Canada.“During the period 2005 to 2015, the USA represented the major market for agricultural exports,” she added.The Foreign Affairs Minister said that the Government is committed to removing the bureaucratic hurdles that hinder investments.She cited the Economic Growth Council, which she said was created “to remove the bureaucratic barriers that exists and encourage innovation and a level of pragmatism in our government processes.”Turning to the study which will highlight the true value of the Diaspora, Minister Johnson Smith said it will enable the government and the private sector to design innovative strategies that are relevant to the Diaspora, taking into account their unique needs and preferences in their respective locations.“It is imperative that we secure empirical data of the current and potential value of the partnership between Jamaica and its Diaspora,” she stated.last_img read more

OntarioFirst Nation partnership creates clean energy project

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN National NewsA new Indigenous owned power generating station is up and running in northern Ontario.The $300 million project will provide clean, low-cost electricity to the [email protected]last_img