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Oct. 17, 2020

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

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Page 14 of 55 OCT. 17, 2020 15 UNDER THE DOME 100 Years Ago: Oct. 16, 1920 In Notre Dame's sixth straight visit to Nebraska since 1915 to enhance its financial intake, third-year head coach Knute Rockne's team — which won a share of a national title the year prior — records a 16-7 win. A blocked punt by Buck Shaw and the timely running and passing of George Gipp results in Notre Dame's 12th straight win. 50 Years Ago: Oct. 17, 1970 The first meeting ever in football between No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 18 Missouri results in a 24-7 Fighting Irish victory in Columbia, Mo. Unknown at the time was that seventh-year Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian was facing the man who would be his successor five years later, Dan Devine, who would be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1971-74. Missouri takes a 7-3 third-quarter lead before Joe Theismann touchdown passes to Thom Gatewood and Ed Gulyas, who later scores on a short run, result in the convincing Irish victory. 45 Years Ago: Oct. 18, 1975 One week after recording the biggest fourth-quarter comeback win in its history — a 21-14 victory at North Carolina after trailing 14-0 — Notre Dame tops it when it trails at Air Force, 30-10. In a span of seven minutes, the Fighting Irish score on a three-yard run by sophomore quarterback Joe Montana, a seven-yard pass to sophomore tight end Ken MacAfee and a one-yard run by freshman fullback Jerome Heavens, while kicker Dave Reeve converts all three extra points, the last with 3:23 remaining, for the 31-30 conquest. At 30-17, Montana threw his third interception of the day to Air Force's Jim Miller, who returned it to the Irish 15-yard line before fumbling and Notre Dame tackle Pat Pohlen recovered it. That was the monumental break needed. 25 Years Ago: Oct. 14, 1995 Sophomore cornerback Ivory Covington makes one of the most famous tackles in Notre Dame history to preserve a 28-27 victory versus Army at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A furious Army rally cuts the Irish lead to one point with 39 seconds left, and the Black Knights then line up for the two-point conversion for the lead (overtime in college football wouldn't begin until the next season). Quarterback Ron McAda rolls to his right and in the flat connects with 6-3, 240-pound tight end Ron Leshinski at the 1-yard line for what looks like an easy tally — until the 5-9, 159-pound Covington gains textbook leverage and wraps up perfectly to drop him inches short of the goal line. "We always talk about how the low man wins," Covington said of his perfectly executed tackle. "I had some momentum going forward, and he was going sideways." The Irish proceed to win out for a 9-2 regular season that earns a trip, and windfall, to the Bowl Alliance and the Orange Bowl. Thus, Covington's stop is later referred to as "The $8-Million Tackle." 15 Years Ago: Oct. 15, 2005 With three seconds remaining, USC quarterback Matt Leinart sneaks in from a yard out, aided by a shove from running back Reggie Bush, as No. 1 and two-time reigning national champ USC edges No. 9 Notre Dame 34-31 to extend its winning streak to 28 games. Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn had put the Irish up 31-28 with a five-yard run at the 2:04 mark, but USC answers with a perfectly placed Leinart to Dwayne Jarrett 61-yard pass on fourth-and- nine from its 26-yard line to set up the score. — Lou Somogyi Anniversaries In Notre Dame Football History: Oct. 12-18 Ivory Covington (left, No. 14) — a 5-9, 159- pound sophomore cornerback — made a game- saving tackle of 6-3, 240-pound Army tight end Ron Leshinski at the 1-yard line on a two- point conversion attempt to preserve a 28-27 Irish victory in 1995. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS 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 USA using the finest com- mercial grade breathable vinyl featuring double-stitching, buckle clasps and mois- ture vent. Logo printed with UV-resistant ink in official school colors. 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.

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