Irish reflect on 2005 loss to USC

There was 1:30 left in the game. The Irish were up by 3 against top-ranked USC, looking to end the Trojans' 27-game winning streak.

The next play would likely be the play that defines Ambrose Wooden's career.

A play where Wooden probably couldn't have done much more than he did. One where his outstretched arms just weren't enough to knock down a perfect pass from Matt Leinart to Dwayne Jarrett.

It resulted in a 61-yard completion inside the Irish 30-yard line.

3 plays later, with just 7 seconds left in the game, the Trojans would go for it from the 2-yard line.

Reggie Bush would help push Leinart into the endzone to give the Trojans the unbelievable 34-31 win.

Looking back two years later, Wooden isn't ashamed of the play. He says he has learned a lot from it and has become a better person because of it.

At the time it happened however, Wooden took the play pretty hard.

In the locker room, he was taking the responsibility for the loss. But Charlie Weis says he wouldn't allow Wooden to take such a responsibility because that's not how the Irish operate.

Despite losing the game, those that played and coached in it, say it was a defining Saturday in their careers.

It's a game Trevor Laws is very proud to be a part of.

Weis says the same thing, but stressed how much he wishes that defining Saturday wasn't a loss.

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