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Nov. 19, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 6 of 55 NOV. 19, 2018 7 UNDER THE DOME A late-season injury to a Notre Dame quarter- back, or replacing him late in the year, has oc- curred at least once per decade. Here are some of the top such events, going backwards to the Ara Parseghian era: 2010: Tommy Terrific In Brian Kelly's first season as Notre Dame's head coach, starter Dayne Crist was injured in the first quarter versus Tulsa and replaced by freshman Tommy Rees, the current Irish quar- terbacks coach. The Irish lost that game 28-27 to drop to 4-5 — but won Rees' first four starts to finish 8-5. 2002: No Holiday, No Celebration In Tyrone Willingham's first year as head coach, Notre Dame started 8-0 and was ranked No. 4, but an injury sidelined starter Carlyle Holiday against Boston College, a game where the Irish surprisingly came out in green jerseys. Walk-on Pat Dillingham made the start and had previously won another start earlier versus Stan- ford … but the Irish were stunned 14-7 at home by the Eagles. Holiday also would be knocked out early in the 28-6 loss to North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl as Notre Dame finished 10-3. 1998: Battle Of Wounded Knee Starter Jarious Jackson injured his knee while "taking a knee" in the end zone in the closing sec- onds of a 39-36 win versus LSU to improve to 9-1. Jackson was sidelined the next week at USC and the offense could not function without him in a 10-0 defeat. 1995: No Humerus Matter The 7-2 Irish trailed Navy 17-14 when Ron Pow- lus broke his humerus bone. Tom Krug took over and helped direct three touchdown drives in the 35-17 victory and started the next week in a 44-14 romp at Air Force that earned the Irish a BCS bid to the Orange Bowl versus Florida State. With Krug still at the helm, Notre Dame led the Seminoles in the fourth quarter 26-14 before losing 31-26. 1982: Not On An Even Kiel With Blair Kiel at quarterback, Notre Dame had just upset No. 1 Pitt 31-16 to improve to 6-1-1 and No. 9 in the country under second-year head coach Gerry Faust. But a shoulder injury in that game prevented Kiel from playing the next two weeks — a 24-14 loss at home to national champ Penn State and a 30-17 upset loss at Air Force. Sophomore Ken Karcher and walk-on Jim O'Hara filled in at quarterback. Kiel was back for the finale at USC, but the Irish lost there too, 17-13, on the infamous "Phantom Fumble." 1976: Bullpen Help Starter Rick Slager was injured in the second half of game nine, a 21-18 defeat of Alabama. Sophomore Rusty Lisch helped the cause with two late 21-yard first-down runs. Lisch then started the next week in a 40-27 win versus Mi- ami and finished the 17-13 loss at USC. Slager did start in the 20-9 Gator Bowl win versus Penn State to finish 9-3. 1968: No Ordinary Joe Senior Terry Hanratty missed the final three games with a knee injury, but sophomore Joe Theismann shined in his place, including a 21-21 deadlock at No. 2 USC to finish the year with a No. 5 ranking. 1966: Coley To The Rescue In the "Game of the Century" versus Michigan State, the second to last contest of the season, Hanratty was knocked out in the first quarter, and sophomore Coley O'Brien rallied the Irish from a 10-0 deficit to knot the game in the famous 10-10 tie on the road. The next week he completed 21 of 31 throws for 255 yards with three scores in a 51-0 romp versus Pac-8 champ USC to clinch the national title. — Lou Somogyi Late-Season Emergency Quarterbacks SHOP NOW FOR KNIT WEAR 'TIS THE SEASON (800) 647-4641

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