Blue and Gold Illustrated

January 2015

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

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BY LOU SOMOGYI T here have been 25 teams in his- tory that have played Notre Dame in football at least 10 times. Only two have a winning record: Michigan (24-17-1) and Ne- braska (8-7-1). With Michigan, the se- ries is actually 16-16-1 since 1910. In the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 at Nashville, Tenn., LSU will attempt to become the third. The current series is 5-5. The first encounter oc- curred in 1970, and it also happened to be Notre Dame's maiden voyage against a team from the Southeastern Confer- ence, which didn't even have full integration of at least one black player on every team until 1972 (LSU and Ole Miss were the last two). Of the 10 meetings, we rate that one as the best in the series for Notre Dame. Here is our 1-10 countdown of the most memorable for the Irish: 1. NOV. 21, 1970: NOTRE DAME 3, LSU 0 The slugfest won by No. 2 Notre Dame over No. 7 LSU earned the Irish a shot to play No. 1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Scott Hem- pel's 24-yard field goal with 2:54 left in the con- test was the difference. Especially amazing is this epic defensive battle had two quarter- backs that were future NFL stars and Pro Bowl picks: Notre Dame's Joe Theismann and LSU's Bert Jones. Irish defen- sive end Walt Patulski Notre Dame Vs. LSU: THE HISTORY Both teams have won five memorable games for their fan base All-American defensive end Walt Patulski was credited with eight tackles for loss in the 3-0 win versus No. 7 LSU in 1970. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA REALTIONS

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