GAME OF THE DAY: Notre Dame 38, Stanford 31
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Notre Dame 38
THE GAME: It looked as if Irish eyes would be crying with less than two minutes remaining, but Charlie Weis and Brady Quinn came up with a brilliant 80-yard drive that gave Notre Dame a stirring 38-31 victory over Stanford on Saturday night in Palo Alto. After Stanford took a 31-30 lead with 1:46 left, Quinn calmly directed the game-winning march that culminated with Darius Walker's TD run with 55 seconds remaining. Walker had 187 yards rushing while Quinn went over the 400-yard mark in the air. The victory locked up a BCS berth for the Irish and a $14.5 million payout, every cent of which was earned against a tough Stanford squad. The Irish overcame a missed PAT and field goal that had seemed to jeopardize the BCS berth to come out with the win.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Pat White, WVU
THE STORY: Redshirt freshman QB Pat White came up huge the Backyard Brawl on Thanksgiving night, rushing for 220 yards and throwing for another 41 as West Virginia pounded Pitt in frigid Morgantown. White's effort broke the Big East rushing mark for quarterbacks set by Michael Vick against Boston College in 2000. White was joined by true freshman Steve Slaton, who rushed for 179 yards as WVU pounded out 451 yards on the round in the annual rivalry contest. The victory, combined with South Florida's loss to Connecticut Saturday, gives the Mountaineers the Big East title and a BCS berth.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Texas Fake Punt
Texas A&M 29
THE MOMENT: Texas A&M had the momentum and Kyle Field in College Station was rocking as the Aggies looked as if they had a huge chance to upset archrival Texas and ruin the Longhorns' plans for a Rose Bowl battle with USC. Longhorn coach Mack Brown wasnt about to let the perfect season escape. Trailing 22-21, Brown went into his bag of tricks and called a fake punt. The snap went to upback Rashad Bobino who converted the fourth-and-one midway through the third quarter. The play worked and let to a Ramonce Taylor touchdown that gave Texas a 28-22 lead. Michael Griffin then blocked an Aggie punt and it was taken in by Cedric Griffin for a touchdown. The Longhorns were on their way to victory and a spot in the Big 12 title game against Colorado, which advanced despite being thrashed by Nebraska on Friday. The Buffs got their spot when Kansas upended Iowa State in overtime Saturday. The loss cost the Cylclones a spot opposite the Longhorns in the title clash