Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart (Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI)

Bush Push

  • USC

  • Notre Dame


Oct. 15, 2005: Coach Charlie Weis promised Irish fans that his alma mater would be relevant again. And with 2:04 to play, the Irish led No. 1, defending two-time national champ USC, 31-28. Trojans QB Matt Leinart converted a fourth-and-9 at his own 26 with a 61-yard pass to Dwayne Jarrett. Three plays later, from the Notre Dame 1 with three seconds to play, Leinart spilled into the end zone. That Leinart got there with a push from behind by Reggie Bush only made it worse. None of Weis' five Irish teams flew that high again.