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November 25, 2006
No. 3 USC looks the part in 44-24 win
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LOS ANGELES -Southern California's youthful Trojans didn't need any last-second heroics to beat Notre Dame this year.
They had too much speed, too much defense, and too much Dwayne Jarrett.
Not only did No. 3 USC put the sixth-ranked Irish away, the Trojans surely did enough to moved ahead of No. 2 Michigan in the national championship race.
Should the Trojans (10-1) beat UCLA (6-5) at the Rose Bowl next weekend, they'll probably face top-ranked Ohio State in the BCS title game Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz. USC has beaten its crosstown rivals seven straight times.
The Trojans played in the BCS title game the past two years - winning one and losing one - and earned a piece of the national championship three years ago after being bypassed for the title game.
Booty, who completed 17-of-28 passes and was intercepted twice, watched from the sideline when the Trojans beat the Irish 34-31 at Notre Dame last year on Matt Leinart's 1-yard sneak with three seconds remaining.
Jarrett, whose 61-yard reception on a fourth-and-9 play kept that final drive in South Bend alive, caught scoring passes of 9, 5 and 43 yards from Booty, who succeeded Leinart as USC's quarterback. The 43-yarder came with 8:21 remaining and gave the Trojans a 37-17 lead.
Jarrett finished with seven receptions for 132 yards and USC freshman C.J. Gable rushed for 107 yards on 20 carries.
Quinn, a Heisman Trophy candidate playing his final regular-season game, completed 22 of 45 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
The win before a crowd of 91,800 at the Los Angeles Coliseum was the Trojans 55th in their last 58 games. They're 20-0 in November games under coach Pete Carroll, and have won 33 straight home games.
The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for No. 6 Notre Dame, but the Irish (10-2) still figure to play in a big-money bowl game.