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Nov. 2, 2019

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

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Page 14 of 63 NOV. 2, 2019 15 UNDER THE DOME 110 Years Ago: Nov. 6, 1909 The first upset in school history is recorded when former Michigan player Frank "Shorty" Longman serves as Notre Dame's head coach in the 11-3 victory in Ann Arbor over Fielding Yost's juggernaut. Michigan had outscored Notre Dame 121-16 in their eight previous meet- ings, and introduced the game in 1887 to the small school in South Bend, Ind. Furious over the defeat, Yost accuses Notre Dame of using ineligible players, refers to the game as merely "a scrim- mage," removes Notre Dame from the schedule at the 11th hour in 1910, and urges fellow Western Conference schools to boycott the Catholic school from its schedule. The grudge continues before the two schools decided to play a two-game series in 1942-43 — and then new grudges resurface that resulted in not meeting again until 1978. The victory propels a 7-0-1 finish for Notre Dame and the self-appointed title of "Western Champi- ons," a take on Michigan's "The Victors" Fight Song from 1898 that ends with the line, "Hail, hail to Michigan the champions of the West." Earlier this same year (1909), the Notre Dame Victory March was introduced. 70 Years Ago: Nov. 5, 1949 No. 1-ranked Notre Dame ups its unbeaten streak to 34 (32-0-2) with a 34-21 victory at Michigan State. Highlighting the afternoon is a record-setting afternoon from junior quarterback Bob Williams, who completes 13 of 16 passes for 178 yards, with scoring tosses to Ernie Zalejski and Leon Hart. Williams also runs for a 40-yard touchdown, and keeps the Spartans — who would win the national title three years later — bottled up with his punting. His single-game passing percentage (minimum 10 throws) of .813 lasts 27 years. Plus, Williams' single-season passing efficiency mark of 161.37 remains 70 years, until Jimmy Clausen barely eclipses it at 161.42 in 2009. 55 Years Ago: Oct. 31, 1964 Following its 40-0 victory versus Navy — led by 1963 Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach, whose Midshipmen whipped the Irish 35-14 the year prior — Notre Dame under first-year head coach Ara Parseghian is elevated to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the first time since Oct. 2, 1954. That 10-year drought from the top spot was the longest in school history until it was nearly doubled in the 19 years from Nov. 20, 1993 until Nov. 17, 2012. 10 Years Ago: Nov. 4, 1989 A 41-0 victory at home versus Navy ties the Notre Dame record for most consecutive wins (21) in the program's history. Thirteen different Notre Dame players carry the football while rushing for 414 yards, led by Ricky Watters' 134 yards on nine attempts. It also is Notre Dame's first shutout in six years and 72 games, a school record at the time. 15 Years Ago: Nov. 6, 2004 For the second time this season, Notre Dame defeats a top-10 ranked team after losing to an un- ranked one in the previous game. Coming off a bye, the 17-13 victory versus No. 9 Tennessee in Knoxville occurs after losing a fourth consecutive season to Boston College (24-23). With the Volunteers down to their third-team quar- terback — Rick Clausen, older brother of future Irish signal-caller Jimmy Clausen — the Irish defense dominates, highlighted by linebacker Mike Goolsby recording 14 tackles (one sack) and returning an interception for a 26-yard touchdown. For his efforts, Goolsby is named Walter Camp National Defen- sive Player of the Week for the 6-3 Irish. Earlier in the year, Notre Dame lost the opener at BYU but the next week defeated No. 8 Michigan, 28-20. — Lou Somogyi Anniversaries In Notre Dame Football History: Oct. 29-Nov. 6 Notre Dame first beat Michigan 110 years ago by a score of 11-3, snapping a streak of eight straight Michigan wins in the series. In the same year, 1909, the Notre Dame Victory March was introduced. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS YOU DON'T WAIT FOR MAIL DELIVERY! HAVE TO The digital edition of Blue & Gold Illustrated is available Sundays at The Blue & Gold Illustrated digital edition includes all the great content you find in your print edition, plus: ✦ Searchable archive ✦ Downloadable PDFs ✦ Available on computers and tablets Visit for the latest issue every Sunday! It's already part of your subscription! PLUS: The Blue Gold Report Midweek Update! • Emailed Every Pre-Game Wednesday • Depth Charts And Rosters For Both Teams • Updated Statistics • Columns and Much More! • Can be viewed on your computer, phone or tablet, or printed out to read later. To receive notifications, please send your email address to: Customer Service: 1-800-421-7751

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