The Trojans pulled this one out in the closing seconds thanks to a controversial ruling. USC running back Michael Harper appeared to have fumbled the ball before breaking the plane of the goal line, but was awarded a touchdown. This was Trojan coach JohnRobinson's last game in his first stint with the team; he had stated that he wanted his players to, "win one for the fat guy." Notre Dame finished 6-4-1 for the season, losing their last three games while the Trojans, on probation and not going to a bowl, wound up 8-3. Little did anyone know that Notre Dame was about to begin what is now referred to as the Decade of Dominance against its greatest archrival.