Blue and Gold Illustrated

August 2016

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

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Williams also wore No. 9 (he became a doctor and passed away in 1990 at age 52). "Many times when I've been intro- duced as a former Notre Dame quar- terback, people have asked about the Oklahoma game," Williams "The First" noted with a smile. SPECIAL FEATS Nevertheless, the 1948-50 Williams had his name arise a couple of times in recent years when noting gold stan- dards among Notre Dame quarter- backs. First, Williams' pass efficiency rating of 161.37 during the 1949 national title season when the Irish finished 10-0 was the single-season school standard for a remarkable 60 years, until it was finally broken by Jimmy Clausen in 2009 during a 6-6 campaign with a 161.42. The Notre Dame record book actu- ally shows both at 161.4 when rounded off, but Clausen gets the nod by the Williams, who led the Irish to a 10-0 record and the national championship in 1949, was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS

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