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Oct. 31, 2016

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

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Page 14 of 55 OCT. 31, 2016 15 UNDER THE DOME 50 Years Ago: Oct. 22, 1966 In a battle between two 4‑0 teams, No. 1 Notre Dame crushes No. 10 Oklahoma 38‑0 in front of a school‑record 63,349 in attendance at Norman, Okla. It is the largest margin of defeat by a Sooners team in 21 years. Notre Dame outgains Oklahoma in total yardage 430 (273 rushing and 157 passing) to 158. The bal‑ anced Irish ground game has five different players rush for from 39 to 51 yards. Junior Rocky Belier has 10 carries for 47 yards, catches four passes for 55 yards (both team highs) and punts three times. "They're the No. 1 team in the country as far as I'm concerned — unless it's the Green Bay Packers," said Oklahoma guard Ron Winfrey, referring to head coach Vince Lombardi's NFL dynasty. 40 Years Ago: Oct. 23, 1976 With President Gerald R. Ford in attendance during the 1976 campaign trail, Notre Dame's "First Family" of the Browner brothers headline a hard‑fought 13‑6 victory at South Carolina in front of a capacity audience of 56,721. College football's "Secretary of Defense," end Ross Browner, is named the Associated Press National Lineman of the Week after wreaking havoc in the Gamecocks backfield with nearly a half‑dozen sacks or tackles for lost yardage. It is the fifth consecutive game and a modern school‑record‑tying 20th straight quarter the 5‑1 Irish do not permit a touchdown. Younger brother Jim Browner helps secure the victory, intercepting a pass with 3:23 left and South Carolina at the Notre Dame 23‑yard line. Finally, freshman fullback Willard Browner scores the game's lone touchdown, a nine‑yard pass in the first quarter from quarterback Rick Slager. 25 Years Ago: Oct. 26, 1991 For the ninth consecutive season, Notre Dame defeats archrival USC, 24‑20, while amassing 299 rushing yards. Sophomore fullback Jerome Bettis carries 24 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns. "This will even out some day, and things will go their way," said Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz, while feeling fortunate to defeat USC each of his first six seasons. "I'll be saying, 'See, I told you it would all even out. Of course, I don't know if I'll be here then." 20 Years Ago: Oct. 19, 1996 Holtz's No. 8‑ranked Notre Dame team suffers a stunning 20‑17 overtime defeat at home to Air Force. The Irish net only 67 rushing yards, the lowest in Holtz's 11‑year reign, while Air Force quarterback Beau Morgan controls the contest with 183 rushing yards. Notre Dame has first possession in OT, but a sack of quarterback Ron Powlus forces a fumble that the Falcons recover, and they kick a 27‑yard field goal on their possession to win the game. In the emotional aftermath and fallout after the game, Holtz privately meets with Notre Dame ath‑ letics director Mike Wadsworth and executive vice president Rev. E. William Beauchamp to tell them about his plans to step down as a head coach at the end of the season. 10 Years Ago: Oct. 21, 2006 Senior quarterback Brady Quinn finds class‑ mate Jeff Samardzija on a 45‑yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds left to rally the No. 10 Fighting Irish to a dra‑ matic 20‑17 victor y against UCLA. Leading 17‑13, the Bruins take possession at their 35 with 2:15 left after stopping Quinn on a fourth‑and‑one sneak. Using its three timeouts to stop the clock, Notre Dame's defense forces a punt and gets the ball back at its 20 with 1:02 remaining and no timeouts. Two completed passes to Samardzija and David Grimes pick up 35 yards prior to the game winner. — Lou Somogyi Anniversaries In Notre Dame Football History: Oct. 19-Nov. 1 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 Item #6451 • 11"x14" Vintage Wall Calendar $ 19 95 + $7 S&H 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) Future Tailgater Collection CLEARANCE Limited Supply FREE SHIPPING! #6270 Onesie Romper $13.95 #6271 Onesie Dress $15.95 #6273 Football Onesie & Cap Set $19.95 Jeff Samardzija's dramatic 45-yard touchdown against UCLA with 27 sec- ond left resulted in a 20-17 Irish victory in 2006. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS

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