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Notre Dame looking at RJS for game

By GREG AUMAN
Published October 7, 2005


TAMPA - Raymond James Stadium is being considered as an option for Notre Dame to play off-site football games starting in 2009.

The Fighting Irish also are looking at Orlando and Jacksonville as options for playing an annual game that would count as an eighth home game. Notre Dame would likely rotate a Florida venue each year with games in the Northeast, including the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Notre Dame senior associate athletic director John Heisler said Thursday that the Tampa Sports Authority had submitted basic information about Raymond James Stadium and why it could host a game. Heisler said the school is still creating business models for such a game, looking at existing off-campus games such as Florida-Georgia in Jacksonville.

"We're very interested in hosting those games and hope to talk more about it with Notre Dame," said Mickey Farrell, the TSA's director of operations.

Notre Dame also has committed to playing three games a year against Big East teams beginning in 2011, so the Irish could also be coming to Tampa as part of a home-and-home series with USF, which joined the Big East this year.

Notre Dame last played in Florida in January 2003, losing to North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

Wolfpack ends ACC skid

ATLANTA - Jay Davis threw two long touchdowns to Brian Clark, including an 80-yard go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, and Garland Heath's interception in the end zone with 26 seconds left protected the lead as North Carolina State beat No. 24 Georgia Tech 17-14 Thursday night.

Georgia Tech had first and goal at the 2 with 33 seconds left. Reggie Ball fired a pass in the end zone that hit the hands of receiver Calvin Johnson, who was in the air as he was hit by Marcus Hudson. Heath grabbed the ball and got two feet down before going out the back of the end zone.

Johnson set a career high with 10 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough to keep North Carolina State (2-2, 1-2) from snapping a six-game losing streak in Atlantic Coast Conference games and a four-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-2). The Wolfpack won in Atlanta for the first time since 1988.

Clark, who had only three catches this season because of an ankle injury, had four receptions for 148 yards and the two touchdowns.

Georgia Tech's Travis Bell missed a 27-yard field-goal attempt early in the game and then was wide right again from 24 yards in the fourth quarter - the two shortest misses of his career. Bell has missed five straight field-goal attempts over three games after missing only two as a freshman in 2004.

One play after Bell's second miss, Davis threw over the Tech defense to Clark, who outran the secondary for the 80-yard touchdown play and a 17-14 lead with 7:39 to play.

Davis passed for 230 yards.

Ball passed for 279 yards and rushed for 88, but threw two interceptions.

Johnson's 10th catch, on a fourth-down play, moved Tech to the N.C. State 44 with about one minute left. A 14-yard pass from Ball to P.J. Daniels pushed the Yellow Jackets to the 17. On first down, Ball ran 15 yards to the 2.

Ball completed only six of 25 passes in the first half as Tech trailed 10-0. He gained confidence on a 97-yard touchdown drive on his first possession of the second half and Kenny Scott's interception set up the Yellow Jackets' go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

IONA 27, ST. PETER'S 26: Vincent Christoforo's 4-yard touchdown run capped a late fourth-quarter drive to give Iona (3-3, 1-1 MAAC) a come-from-behind win. Host St. Peter's (1-4, 0-1) had taken a 26-21 lead with 3:48 to play, but the Peacocks' try for a two-point conversion failed, allowing Iona to take the lead.

CLEMSON: Junior receiver Kelvin Grant is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in a knee during practice Wednesday. He had caught 10 passes for 84 yards.

Other sports

TENNIS: Florida's Boglarka Berecz and Diana Srebrovic won opening-round singles matches in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships at Pacific Palisades, Calif., but top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Jennifer Magley lost and two Gators doubles teams were eliminated from the main draw.

SOCCER: Sel Kuralay scored her 11th goal of the season and her fifth winner as host Florida State defeated Maryland 3-1. FSU improved to 10-2, 3-2 in the ACC.

BASKETBALL: Southern Mississippi scoring leader Rashaad Carruth has left the team. "I am going to concentrate on getting my degree from Southern Miss while I take care of some personal matters," Carruth said.

Information from other news organizations was used in the report.