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February 2019

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

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Page 12 of 47 FEBRUARY 2019 13 UNDER THE DOME BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO Box 2331 Durham, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 DELIVERY LIMITED TO CONTINENTAL U.S. PLEASE ADD SALES TAX FOR ITEMS SHIPPING TO: (NC 7.5%, IN 7%, MI 6%) Made to order & shipped direct from manufacturer, returns not related to damage may incur fee. GRILL MAT $49.95 + FREE S&H Available in 2 Styles: ND or Leprechaun (Item #6622-ND or #6622-LEP) (Item #6621) CUSTOM GRILL COVERS Hand-made in the USA using the finest commercial grade vinyl. Mold-resistant, breathable vinyl with drawstring bottom. Logo printed with UV-resistant ink. AVAILABLE IN 2 SIZES & 3 LOGOS: Small: 60" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $51.95 + $15.00 S&H Large: 72" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $54.95 + $15.00 S&H Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery. 45 Years Ago: Jan. 19, 1974 A unique "triple play" in NCAA history occurs when No. 2 and 9-0 Notre Dame shocks No. 1 and 13-0 UCLA with a 12-0 run in the final 3:22 for a 71-70 victory. It marks the third time in 20 days a Fighting Irish team defeated a top-ranked outfit in a different sport. On Dec. 31, 1973, Notre Dame won a 24-23 decision in the Sugar Bowl against No. 1 Alabama to capture the national title in head coach Ara Parseghian's 10th season. On Jan. 18, the eve of the UCLA game, the Irish hockey team, under Charles "Lefty" Smith, crushed No. 1 Michigan Tech 7-1 in the north dome of the Athletic & Convocation Center. The next day in the south dome, UCLA's NCAA-record 88-game winning streak is halted with the mind-boggling rally by head coach Digger Phelps' troops despite the absence of a shot clock and three- point line in that era. Winners of seven consecutive national titles, the Bruins commit four turnovers and miss their last five shot attempts in the final 3:22 while Notre Dame finishes 6 of 6 — with guard Dwight Clay's corner jumper with 29 seconds remaining the go-ahead points. Gary Brokaw paces the Irish with 25 points while John Shumate adds 24 as the program elevates to No. 1 for the first time in the history of the Associated Press poll. 40 Years Ago: Jan. 1, 1979 Speaking of most unlikely comebacks ever … Notre Dame rallies from a 34-12 deficit versus Houston in arctic conditions with 7:37 left in the game to post a 35-34 triumph against the 9-2 Cougars. The rally is ignited by a blocked punt by freshman Tony Belden that safety Steve Cichy returns for a touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Joe Montana to Vagas Ferguson. On the next series for the offense, Montana — who missed the third quarter while recovering from severe chills and began 7-of-27 passing with four interceptions — leads a 61-yard march that he caps with a two-yard scoring run, followed by a two-point pass to wide receiver Kris Haines. After Montana loses a fumble at the Houston 20, the Irish defense makes a fourth-and-one stop at the Houston 29-yard line with 28 seconds remaining, and Montana finds a diving Haines in the end zone with an eight-yard score as time expires. With the score knotted at 34-34, reserve kicker Joe Unis, a Dallas native replacing the injured Chuck Male, kicks the extra point two times, the second following a Notre Dame penalty, to finish the epic comeback. 30 Years Ago: Jan. 2, 1989 Lou Holtz joins Knute Rockne (1920), Frank Leahy (1943), Ara Parseghian (1966) and Dan Devine (1977) as third- year Notre Dame head coaches who ei- ther went unbeaten or won a national title, if not both, in their third seasons after the No. 1-ranked Fighting Irish clinch the title with a 34-21 win over 11-0 West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. It marks the first 12-0 finish ever for the program, and it is also the first col- lege football team since Army in 1945 to defeat four teams in one season that finished in the Associated Press top 10: No. 2 Miami, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 West Virginia and No. 7 USC. Quarterback Tony Rice leads the at- tack, completing 7 of 13 passes for 213 yards with two scores — to Raghib "Rocket" Ismail and Frank Jacobs — while also rushing for a game-high 75 yards on 13 carries. 10 Years Ago: Jan. 1-2, 1994 A 31-yard field goal by Kevin Pendergast with 2:22 remaining in the game puts the Irish on top for good in a 24-21 victory versus 10-1 Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl after falling behind 21-14. Alas, the 11-1 Irish finish No. 2 in the final polls the next day to Florida State, which it had defeated 31-24 Nov. 13. The Seminoles receive 46 first-place votes to Notre Dame's 12 in the AP poll. — Lou Somogyi Anniversaries In Notre Dame Athletics History: January Notre Dame capped an unbeaten season in 1988 with a 34‑21 victory versus West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl that clinched the national championship. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS

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