Jabari Holloway recovered Jarious Jackson's fumble in the end zone with 2 minutes 40 seconds left to cap a 22-point comeback--most of it in the pouring rain--as Notre Dame rallied yesterday to beat Southern Cal, 25-24, in South Bend, Ind., and snap a three-game losing streak to the Trojans.
The Irish (4-3) seemed like they would need nothing short of divine intervention after David Newbury hit a 29-yard field goal on USC's first possession of the second half to go up 24-3.
But then Notre Dame began its biggest comeback since a 35-34 win over Houston in the 1979 Cotton Bowl, thanks in part to USC's own mistakes.
The Irish completed their comeback after taking over at their own 26 with 6:30 left. Jackson hit Tony Fisher for 28 yards to begin the drive and led the Irish to the 18 before he dropped back to pass. He pulled the ball down and scrambled up the middle before he was hit at the 1-yard line, fumbling into the end zone where Holloway came up with it.
JAMES MADISON 30, WILLIAM & MARY 20: In Wiliamsburg, Curtis Keaton rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns, and James Madison made the most of four Tribe turnovers to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 play.
ARKANSAS 48, S. CAROLINA 14: Quarterback Clint Stoerner was perfect on his first eight passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas dominated South Carolina (0-7), ruining the homecoming of former Razorbacks coach Lou Holtz. It was Holtz's first game in Arkansas since his Razorbacks teams went 60-21-2 from 1977 to '83.
IOWA ST. 24, MISSOURI 21: Darren Davis ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and Iowa State twice stopped Missouri inside the 5-yard line for the Cyclones' first Big 12 road victory since 1991. Sage Rosenfels got the go-ahead score on a two-yard bootleg in the third quarter for Iowa State.
ARIZONA ST. 28, WASHINGTON 7: In Seattle, Ryan Kealy passed for two second-half touchdowns and the Sun Devils took advantage of Washington's six lost fumbles to end the Huskies' three-game winning streak.
CALIFORNIA 17, UCLA 0: Freshman Kyle Boller threw a touchdown pass, Saleem Muhammad ran for a score and the California defense did the rest as the Golden Bears snapped a four-game losing streak against UCLA and the ended the Bruins' 13-game regular season winning streak at the Rose Bowl.
UTAH 21, AIR FORCE 15: Wide receiver Steve Smith scored three touchdowns in the second half, including a 61-yard punt return, as Utah rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit to beat Air Force in wintry conditions in Colorado.
KENTUCKY 31, LSU 5: In Lexington, Ky., Derek Homer ran for two touchdowns and Kentucky's defense turned in another outstanding performance as the Wildcats (5-2, 3-1) won their third straight. LSU fell to 2-4, 0-4.
TEXAS TECH 31, COLORADO 10: In Lubbock, Tex., Shaud Williams ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns as Texas Tech routed the mistake-prone Buffaloes, who lost four fumbles.
MINNESOTA 37, ILLINOIS 7: In Champaign, Ill., Thomas Hamner rushed for 184 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Billy Cockerham added 100 yards rushing as the Gophers handed the Illini their third straight loss.
STANFORD 21, OREGON ST. 17: Brian Allen scored on 37- and 20-yard runs in the fourth quarter as the host Cardinal beat Oregon State in a matchup of two of the nation's top offenses.
IVY LEAGUE: Randall Joseph rushed for 217 yards and scored three touchdowns as host Colgate beat Cornell, 55-16. . . . Taylor Northrop kicked three field goals and, one week after being benched in the fourth quarter, sophomore Tommy Crenshaw threw for 218 yards and one touchdown as Princeton defeated visiting Lafayette, 22-10. . . . Joe Walland completed 20 of 35 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 49 yards and another touchdown on seven carries to lead host Yale to a 44-3 win over Dartmouth. . . . Brad Wilford threw two touchdown passes and also ran for a score as visiting Harvard held off winless Fordham, 37-30.