Irish players celebrate on field after clinching spot in BCS Title game

All Manti Te'o wanted to do after Notre Dame's win over USC was celebrate with his teammates.

After all, the Heisman hopeful was the key reason the Irish clinched a spot in the national championship game with a 22-13 win in the regular season finale in Los Angeles.

But because he has so much attention--Manti was swarmed by media and didn't enjoy the moment on the field in the way he would have liked.

With that said--Manti was loving life after the game.

"It's a blessing, you know," the Irish captain and linebacker explained. "I can't believe and I'm just really happy."

Perhaps no one had a better celebration than 5th year senior and Penn High School grad Braxston Cave.

"Where's my family?" Braxston yelled from the field as he was trying to spot the 15-20 Cave family members who were in the stands.

"YEHHHH," Braxston yelled as he threw up first pumps as he spotted his family and shared a moment with them.

Then there's quarterback Everett Golson. In his first year playing as a college quarterback, he's now 10-0 as a starter, has improved each week and has Notre Dame in the national title game.

"It was a great feeling," Golson said after the game. "It makes everything you work for in the spring ball and summer camp--it proves itself to be true and worthwhile."

When the clock hit 0:00 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Irish stormed the field. Running Back Theo Riddick says it still hasn't total sunk in yet--but he knew what that feeling was like when the game ended and the Irish were still #1.

"It was unbelievable," Riddick said. "You can't describe the feeling--you are just caught up in the moment. I'm just happy we got the 'W' today. I'm just happy for everyone in that locker room."

"There was a lot of singing, dancing and hugging," Brian Kelly said of the postgame locker room scene. "It was everything you would expect to be for a team that is this close and has won so many games in this fashion. It was a fun in there."

Senior captain Kapron Lewis-Moore avoided the "what will it feel like to play for the national title game" questions during the week, even telling me to just ask after the game if they won.

That's what I did.

"It feels spectacular," Kap said with a big laugh. "Oh my gosh. I'm still in awe. I don't think its hit me yet. It's the best feeling in the world."

Notre Dame is now off to the national championship game January 7th in Miami to face either Alabama or Georgia.


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