Sportsline's Dennis Dodd:It's not the luck of the Irish: No way. How can it be luck when Notre Dame scored a touchdown in the last 30 seconds to win a game for only the third time in its history?
That's not a pattern, that's a lightning strike.
This one's on UCLA. Faced with a chance to post his defining victory, coach Karl Dorrell failed.
Notre Dame basically went 80 yards against air to win 20-17. Three plays. Boom, boom, boom. This, after Brady Quinn had faced a fierce Bruins defense all day.
UCLA's DeWayne Walker faced every defensive coordinator's dilemma in the final series. Play it straight or blitz Quinn? Walker's plan was to play a cover-two (zone) on the first three plays, then start bringing pressure thereafter.
Notre Dame scored on the third play.
It's clear that UCLA is good enough to have an impact on the Pac-10 and BCS races. It still has Cal and USC left on the schedule. It just wasn't good enough Saturday.
Notre Dame kept its BCS bowl hopes -- and maybe questions about Dorrell -- alive.From ESPN.com's Rittenberg: Four weeks after dancing in the rain at Michigan State, senior quarterback Brady Quinn engineered another marvel Saturday against UCLA. With only 62 seconds to manipulate, Quinn led a previously docile offense 80 yards in three plays to beat UCLA, which foolishly sedated a pass rush that had produced five sacks. And more from CNNSI's Stewart Mandel: That conservatism should be left to politicians. With 2:09 remaining and Notre Dame out of timeouts, UCLA needed just one first down to seal a victory, but Bruins coach Karl Dorrell opted for a handoff on third and 7. You know what happened from there. Given a chance to seize momentum late in the first half of a 3-3 deadlock on the road against the No. 7 team in the country, Alabama coach Mike Shula opted for a field goal on fourth and goal from the 1. This did not sit particularly well with his players. "For [Shula] not to have the confidence to go [for it] at their place and get a yard," fullback Tim Castille told reporters, "that's tough." It's one thing to play it safe when the national championship is on the line. But when your middle-of-the-pack team has a chance to pull off a monumental upset on the road, please, coaches, I beg of you -- GO FOR THE WIN. Here again is the video of the final drive if you have stomach to watch it:
Dorrell and his clueless staff have turned into a national joke. Well lot of us here already knew they were bunch of incompetent clowns to begin with.