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Oct.10, 2016

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

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Page 14 of 55 OCT. 10, 2016 15 UNDER THE DOME 85 Years Ago: Oct. 10, 1931 Notre Dame's school-record-tying 20-game winning streak comes to a halt with a scoreless tie against Northwestern on a rain-soaked afternoon at Chicago's Soldier Field, with 65,000 in attendance. The two teams combine for 17 fumbles, with Notre Dame recovering nine. Despite recovering six Wildcats fumbles, intercepting two passes and Ed "Moose" Krause blocking a kick, Notre Dame is unable to generate any points. 65 Years Ago: Oct. 5, 1951 No. 5-ranked Notre Dame's first ever night game is highlighted by one of the three or four greatest single performances in one quarter by a Fighting Irish player. Versus the University of Detroit at Briggs Stadium (the Detroit Tigers' home field at the time) on a Friday night with 52,331 in attendance, senior halfback John Petitbon scores three first-quarter touch- downs three different ways in the 40-6 rout of the Titans. On the opening kickoff, Petitbon, the brother of future Washington Redskins head coach Richie Pe- titbon, fields the ball and races for an 85-yard touchdown. Minutes later, Notre Dame's Billy Barrett catches a punt and hands it to Petitbon off a reverse, result- ing in a 73-yard score. Before the first quarter is completed, Petitbon takes a pitchout from quarterback John Mazur and scampers for a 39-yard touchdown. The three different routes of scoring by Petitbon total 197 all-purpose yards. Also at halftime, former Notre Dame star quarterback and future College Football Hall of Fame in- ductee Gus Dorais is honored for his long service at the University of Detroit. Dorais, who helped put Notre Dame football on the map with his magnificent passing in the 35-13 upset of Army in 1913, was the head coach at Detroit from 1925-42, where his record was 112-48-7. 30 Years Ago: Oct. 11, 1986 First-year head coach Lou Holtz and his Fighting Irish drop to 1-4 after yet another heartbreaking loss, this time 10-9 to Pitt. It is the worst start since 1-4 in 1962, and it also is Notre Dame's seventh loss in its last eight contests. The Irish take a 9-7 lead with 4:49 left in the game on a 20-yard field goal by John Carney, but Pitt makes its own field goal with 1:25 remaining after a blocked punt sets it up at Notre Dame's 34 and led to a 29-yard field goal. Senior quarterback Steve Beuerlein completes a 31-yard pass to Milt Jackson and a 22-yarder to freshman fullback Anthony Johnson, but Carney's 38-yard field goal attempt to win the game sails wide right. Including Dan Devine's final two games as the coach in 1980, Notre Dame's record drops to 31-32-1 in its last 64 games. 25 Years Ago: Oct. 5, 1991 One year after the then No. 1 Fighting Irish lost at home to a Stanford team that would finish under .500, Notre Dame records a 42-26 win against the Cardinal while amassing 363 rushing yards. Sophomore fullback Jerome Bet- tis piles up 179 yards on 24 carries, while senior Tony Brooks adds 122 on 17 attempts. It is only the second time (to this day) two Notre Dame backs combine for more than 300 rush- ing yards — with each surpassing 100 — in one game. The other was in 1978 with Vagas Ferguson (219) and Jerome Heavens (100) in a win over Navy. — Lou Somogyi Anniversaries In Notre Dame Football History: Oct. 5-11 NOTRE DAME Great Gift Ideas! *Please add sales tax if shipping to: IN (7%), MI (6%), and NC (7.5%) Call for best shipping rates on multiple items! Wall Calendars Ship Within Cont. U.S. Only BLUE AND GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO BOX 2331 • DURHAM, NC 27702 800-421-7751 2017 Vintage Wall Calendar The Greatest Team DVD Item #6451 • 11"x14" Vintage Wall Calendar $ 19 95 + $7 S&H Item #6213 The Greatest Team DVD $ 26 99 This unique series of frame-ready prints fea- ture archival-quality reproductions of home and away game souvenir programs that were sold at the stadiums during the early 1900s to the 1960s. Each year has different images. Collect the 2017 edition before they sell out! ON SALE! (Reg. $21.95) The most incredible story in college foot- ball history — this film features excit- ing game footage and rare interview clips from the ND 1 9 4 6 a n d 1 9 4 7 national champion- ship teams. Expert commentary by Ara Parseghian, Lou Somogyi and other legend- ary writers, coaches and players. FREE SHIPPING Jerome Bettis rushed for a career-high 179 yards in a 42-26 victory at Stanford 25 years ago. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS

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