NOTRE DAME PREPARES FOR RUTGERS
December 25, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Notre Dame's appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be the 33rd bowl appearance in school history.
Notre Dame owns a 15-17 mark in postseason play. The Pinstripe is the 15th different bowl game to play host to
the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame played in four BCS games. The Irish played Oregon State in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State in the
2006 Fiesta Bowl, LSU in the 2007 Sugar Bowl and Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
Notre Dame has never previously played in a bowl game north of Memphis. Notre Dame is one of seven schools
that has played in each of the four BCS bowls in its history (Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Sugar), as well as the BCS National Championship Game. Notre Dame has played two bowl
games against current members of the American, beating Houston in the 1979 Cotton Bowl and losing to SMU in the
1984 Aloha Bowl. Notre Dame made its first bowl appearance in 1925 when Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen met Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Due to school policy, the Irish did not appear in another bowl game until the 1970 Cotton Bowl. After winning 13 of its first 19 bowl
appearances, Notre Dame lost its next nine postseason games until its record setting 49-21 victory over Hawai'i in the 2008 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. Some of the most memorable moments in Notre Dame history have
occurred in bowl games, including National Championship clinching victories at the 1973 Sugar Bowl (24-23 over
No. 1 Alabama), 1978 Cotton Bowl (38-10 over No. 1 Texas) and 1989 Fiesta Bowl (34-21 over unbeaten No. 3 West Virginia).
The “Ice Bowl” or “Chicken Soup Bowl” was played in 1979 when Notre Dame, led by future NFL Hall of Famer
Joe Montana, scored 23 points in the final 7:37 to shock Houston (temperature at kickoff was 20 degrees with a wind chill of minus-six, hence the “Ice Bowl”; Montana missed a portion of the game due to a lower than normal body temperature and sipped chicken soup to warm up, hence “The Chicken Soup Bowl”).
Notre Dame denied Colorado and Texas A&M legitimate shots at national titles in the 1990 Orange Bowl and 1993
Cotton Bowl, respectively.
NOTRE DAME - RUTGERS SERIES NOTES
Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Rutgers 4-0, dating back to 1921. The Fighting Irish have outscored the Scarlet Knights 197-17 in the four previous meetings, including three shutouts, for an average score of 49.3-4.3.
Notre Dame has scored at least 42 points in all four meetings. The only other team that Notre Dame has played more than once and scored at least 42 points against in every meeting is St. Viator, a series last contested in 1912. Rutgers is one of seven current FBS schools that Notre Dame has faced at least four times without a loss or tie. ND is 8-0 against both Tulane and Washington while also holding a 4-0 edge in the
all-time series against California, Rice, UCLA and West Virginia in addition to Rutgers. Allowing for draws, ND is also 11-0-1 in its history against Illinois and 4-0-1 against Minnesota. ND and Rutgers first met on Nov. 8, 1921 at the Polo Grounds with Notre Dame claiming a 48-0 victory in a contest played just three days after the Irish downed Army 28-0 in West Point. The 1920 victory was part of an astounding 34-1 run by Knute Rockne’s Irish from 1919-22. The teams next met on Nov. 23, 1996 with the Irish coming out on top 62-0 in Lou Holtz’s final game at Notre Dame Stadium as head coach. Notre Dame made its lone Piscataway appearance on Nov. 18, 2000 and came away 45-17 victors. The most recent meeting was a 42-0 Irish win on Nov. 23, 2002 at Notre Dame. This is the second time that the sides have met on the home field of the New York Yankees. The Yankees were tenants of the NL's New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in 1921. The original Yankee Stadium did not open until 1923. Although head coach Brian Kelly is facing Rutgers for the first time at Notre Dame, he compiled a 3-0 record against the Scarlet Knights from 2007-09 while coaching at Cincinnati.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The relationship between Notre Dame and New York City actually began just weeks before the University was even established by Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., in 1842. Sorin and his six Holy Cross Brothers, came by boat to the United States from France and arrived in New York Harbor about two months before heading for Indiana to begin laying the roots for Sorin’s vision of a faith-based school
and the best university in the United States. Sorin actually said his first mass in the United States at St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Catholic Parish in New York City, in downtown Manhattan, not far from Ground Zero. A plaque inside the vestibule of the church commemorates the event. Sorin and his companions spent three days in New
York City before embarking on the 24-day journey to Indiana.
In the early days of the University, only a handful of New Yorkers could boast being Notre Dame alumni. But as travel became more convenient and the reputation of Notre Dame blossomed, the number quickly grew. Helping to fuel the active presence Notre Dame holds in the Big Apple is the Notre Dame Club of New York. The organization underwent steady growth through the early 1900s
and under the leadership of then club president Monsignor Luke J. Evers (ND 1878), the organization became strong enough to attract Notre Dame president Rev. John W. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., to Manhattan in 1915 as the guest of honor and speaker for a banquet of alumni, dignitaries, city and state officials and educators. Notre Dame has over 8,607 alumni in the New York City metropolitan area, most as part of alumni clubs in New York City, Mid-Hudson Valley (Stormville, N.Y.), Long Island, Staten Island, Northern New Jersey (Rutherford, N.J.), Jersey Shore (Bradley Beach, N.J.), Fairfield County (Fairfield, Conn.) and New Haven (New Haven, Conn.).
FABLED NOTRE DAME MOMENTS IN NEW YORK
Three of the most hallowed events in the national mythology of Notre Dame football emerged from games against Army played in the New York area.
One of the most significant moments in the development of American football came 100 years ago, Nov. 1, 1913, at West Point when ND quarterback Gus Dorais and team captain Knute Rockne revolutionized the game by extensively utilizing forward passes in a 35-13 upset of Army that forever placed Notre Dame on the national college football landscape and helped change the entire sport's tactics. The Irish finished the landmark 1913 season at a perfect 7-0 under coach Jesse Harper.
Another legendary Notre Dame moment occurred on Oct. 18, 1924 after the Army game at the Polo Grounds, a 13-7 win for the Irish. The combination of quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, left halfback Jim Crowley, right halfback Don Miller and fullback Elmer Layden rolled over the Cadets.
Their performance inspired the New York Herald Tribune's Grantland Rice to write the famous lead "outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again," coining an iconic nickname. The Irish went on to capture their first of 11 national championships. On Nov. 10, 1928 at Yankee Stadium, head coach Knute Rockne delivered perhaps the most famous halftime speech in sports history. With Army leading the Irish at intermission, Rockne told his team about Notre Dame's first All-American, George Gipp, whose death bed wish was that someday when the Irish were down that Rockne implore the team to "win one for the Gipper." Notre Dame scored two second half touchdowns after the speech to defeat Army, 12-6