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I'll give anyone 8-5 odds Lou doesn't even have to look this stuff up when he replies!!
You're the greatest Lou!!
My immediate vote just goes to Bettis in the Cheerios Bowl against Florida. He took over the 4th quarter
This isn't a math test, passion has a funny of trumping logic.
That game ended a school-record five-game losing streak and led the student body to carry Hornung off the field on its collective shoulder in his final home game. He scored all three TDs and kicked all three PATs, but I would say he had a more impressive game the previous year in a 17-14 Irish victory in which he passed, ran, tackled, intercepted and finally kicked the winning field goal with 2:15 left.
I don't think there have been any other games where an ND player scored all the points in a win on TDs and PATs.
Would you count Chuck Male kicking all four field goals for all the points in a 12-10 victory at Michigan in 1979?
Many share your sentiments, but I don't think the offensive line gets enough credit. They just wore down a beaten down and injured Florida front line that didn't want to be hit anymore. It was a straight hand-off into the middle on Bettis' 49-yard TD run and I don't think even a finger was laid on him. It was like the parting of the Red Sea.
ND vs MSU 1966. Coley O'Brien - back up quarterback - playing in "game of the century" against one of the all time great defenses - Michigan State. O'Brien's play brought home the National Championship.
Hanratty is knocked out in the first quarter. Coley comes off the bench - plays almost flawless - and ultimately helps tie the game with a perfectly placed 34 yard TD pass.
All the while - he is receiving orange juice on the sideline to keep him out of diabetic shock.
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I would have to add Paul Hornung against Iowa.
And Johnny Lujack against Army.
We have Johnny Lujack's 1946 tackle against Doc Blanchard as the fourth most famous/timeless moment play in Notre Dame football history. He also made a very key fumble recovery deep in his territory in that game. Offensively, though, he threw three interceptions, and I think Arnold Tucker grabbed all three.
He jokes now that when Frank Leahy chided him for why he's repeatedly throwing to Tucker his response was, "He's the only one open."
Well it's the oline nature to never get the credit. Look at the 91 Redskins, how many will say the hogs are the reason they won? And that was the reason they did. I had to look it up, 11 sacks allowed all year!
I would count Chuck Male, but only technically. He did, after all, score every point.
The real uniqueness here was Hornung the player. He, Lujack and Lattner were the real class acts of that era. Brilliant two way players with a variety of skills.
Now the goosebumps are really out. I remember that story very well. My lasting memory is after the game, Lee Corso who was a sideline guy that night, approached Zorich who was alone, completely weeping on the bench. Corso kept trying to engage Zorish, telling him what a great performance he gave, & the only thing Zorich could say was "Thank you Sir"...and the tears were just streaming down his face.
That moment is what heart, desire, dedication, love for the game & your school is all about.
Where does Lou say that about if you play great and lose who cares? I havent seen him say that and those dont sound like his words especially given the fact that he(Lou) spoke so highly about how McDougal and Young handled themselves after that loss.
Tim Brown vs MSU in 1987, running back 2 punt returns for TDS in the 1st quater.
Lou, Arnold Tucker went to my high school, Miami Senior.
So many to choose from. From a personal perspective, Chris Zorich in the Orange Bowl is one notch above the rest. Crazy about what happened to his Mom when he played his greatest game. She had a front row seat.
Man, I feel like a terrible ND fan. Being born in 1987, I wasnt born for or don't remember any of these..
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How bout mo crum vs UCLa in the 3-9a yr? He forced like 5 turnovers and scored a td
Good post:He was Notre Dame's best weapon that day.
The thing that made Jones performance so special was it ended a losing streak and I am proud to say I was in attendance that day at Heinz Field it truly was an amazing performance against a team that was #15 and had Larry Fitzgerald. ND was 1-5 heading in but they ran all over Pitt. I think Julius had more yards than the entire Pitt team. And Quinn only had like 30 yds passing so Pitt knew the run was coming but that did not hamper Julius at all. The Heinz field crowd was very silent that day. Except for Fitz's 2 TD's.
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Tim Brown's 71- and 66-yard punt returns in the first quarter were spectacular, but the most spectacular quarter of football I witnessed was Joe Montana's fourth quarter against USC when ND trailed 24-6 against a team that would share the national title and had people like Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith in the secondary.
Montana was 11 of 15 for 196 yards, two TDs, and also scrambled for a 15-yard gain on a crucial play, when USC knew he had to pass every play. Notre Dame took a brief 25-24 lead, but the controversial incomplete pass call on Paul McDonald when replays showed a fumble helped set up USC's game-winning field goal with just two seconds left.
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I have to agree with Zorich against Colorado. That game was freaking awesome, until the penalty called as rocket streaked 75 or so yards to the end zone on a return. I felt so deflated after I saw the flag. The only other time I remember going so fast from high to low was against usc near the end zone it looked looked like they were stopped at the 3 yard line on the qb sneak before the asshat white shoved leinert into the end zone.
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Lou, who was Irish offensive lineman (Ernie Hughes?) that manhandled Texas' heralded All-American DT (forgot his name) in the 38-10 romp in the 1978 Cotton Bowl? That was a thing of beauty and often goes forgotten in that big win.
I would have to say my favorite would be Quinns' 2006 4th quarter comeback at MSU. I was there it was pouring down rain and during a break in the downpour I placed my poncho on the bench and one of the MSU fans I was surrounded by stole it. It wasn't even close to being done raining. With about 10 minutes or so left of the 4th the MSU fans started leaving thinking they had it in the bag being up by 16. Taunting myself and the friend I was with saying don't win it without us. Well I never was one to listen. Quinn was 20-37 for 319yd with 5 tds and 1 int. It was quite possibly the most magical moment I have witnessed in person to see the stadium at MSU instantly die.
As for defense a notable moment was during the same game when Terrell Lambert intercepted Drew Stanton in the closing minutes and returned it for a touchdown. And then he intercepted Stanton again with less than a minute left to seal the game 40-37. That game still gives me goosebumps when I think about it.
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That would be Ernie Hughes from Boise, Idaho, and he went against Outland Trophy winner Brad Shearer of Texas. The other DT I believe was Steve McMichael, who had a great pro career with the Chicago Bears.
Really, though, the left side of the line with guard Ted Horansky and sophomore tackle Tim Foley was outstanding as well. Both of Terry Eurick's TD runs of 10 and 6 yards in the second quarter came over the left side. Foley played so well that he was third in the balloting for Offensive MVP, very unusual for a lineman. Vagas Ferguson won it with 100 yards rushing on 21 carries and two TDs, plus a great 17-yard TD catch that made it 24-3.
My personal favorite. It seemed back in those days the Coli attracted more ND fans than SC
I DO remember that one. I like that one.
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