Mem­o­rable games

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Some of the most mem­o­rable games from the 11-sea­son coach­ing ten­ure of Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame: • No. 1 Notre Dame 10, Michi­gan State 10, Nov. 19, 1966

The Ir­ish ral­lied from a 10-0 deficit against a Spar­tans team that fea­tured Bubba Smith and three team­mates who were among the top eight picks of the next NFL draft. Parseghian was crit­i­cized for his con­ser­va­tive play-call­ing af­ter Notre Dame got the ball back with more than a minute left to play. Notre Dame won the na­tional cham­pi­onship af­ter beat­ing USC 51-0 a week later.

• South­ern Cal­i­for­nia 20, No. 1 Notre Dame 17, Nov. 28, 1964

Af­ter fin­ish­ing 2-7 a sea­son ear­lier, the Ir­ish started the sea­son 9-0 un­der first-year coach Parseghian. They led the Tro­jans 17-0 at half­time and ap­peared to be on the verge of their first na­tional ti­tle since 1949. USC ral­lied in the sec­ond half and won af­ter Craig Fer­tig com­pleted a 15-yard touch­down pass to Rod Sher­man on a fourth-and-8 with 1:33 left to play. Notre Dame fin­ished ranked No. 3.

• No. 1 Texas 21, No. 9 Notre Dame 17, Jan. 1, 1970

Play­ing in its first bowl game in 45 years, the Ir­ish lost to the un­beaten Longhorns when Bill Dale scored on a 1-yard run with 1:08 left to play in the Cot­ton Bowl. A pass by Joe Theis­mann was in­ter­cepted with 28 sec­onds left to end Notre Dame’s come­back hopes. Notre Dame was ranked fifth for the sea­son.

• No. 6 Notre Dame 24, No. 1 Texas 11, Jan. 1, 1971

The Ir­ish de­fense forced nine fum­bles in the Cot­ton Bowl and Theis­mann threw for one touch­down and ran for two more as Notre Dame ended Texas’ 30-game win­ning streak to keep the Longhorns from win­ning a sec­ond straight na­tional cham­pi­onship. Notre Dame fin­ished the sea­son ranked No. 2.

• No. 3 Notre Dame 24, No. 1 Alabama 23, Dec. 31, 1973

The un­beaten Ir­ish turned down a more lu­cra­tive deal in the Or­ange Bowl to face coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and the un­beaten Crim­son Tide in the Sugar Bowl. Af­ter Bill Davis missed a point-af­ter kick for Alabama in the fourth quar­ter, Notre Dame’s Bob Thomas kicked a 19-yard field goal with 4:26 left to give the Ir­ish a one-point lead. The Ir­ish clinched the vic­tory when, on third-and-8 from the their own 3, Tom Cle­ments com­pleted a 35-yard pass from his own end zone to Robin We­ber with two min­utes left to lock up the na­tional cham­pi­onship.

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