Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Taking a look back at ND's 1 vs. 2 games
By Matt Fortuna
A majority of the college football world's attention will be focused on Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend as No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 1 LSU in what many are calling the game of the century.
With that in mind, let's take a look back at some of the notable AP No. 1 vs. No. 2 games involving Notre Dame.
Thanks to ESPN Stats and Information for the help.
Nov. 13, 1993 No. 2 Notre Dame 31, No. 1 Florida State 24 Shawn Wooden batted down eventual Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward’s pass in the end zone to seal the Irish's upset win. The next week, however, top-ranked Notre Dame suffers its only loss of the season, falling to No. 17 Boston College. FSU beat Florida and then Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to win its first national title. Notre Dame eventually topped Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl to finish No. 2 in the polls despite its earlier win over the Seminoles.
Nov. 19, 1966 No. 1 Notre Dame 10, No. 2 Michigan State 10 The two led the AP rankings for six straight weeks, with Notre Dame entering this game on top. The Irish came back from a 10-0 deficit but, with the ball in its own territory with less than two minutes left, settled for a controversial tie. They finished the season No. 1. The Spartans finished second.
Nov. 9, 1946 No. 1 Army 0, No. 2 Notre Dame 0 With scalpers getting a reported $250 per ticket for the game at Yankee Stadium — no small amount 65 years ago — Johnny Lujack made a key diving tackle of Army's Doc Blanchard on a potential touchdown run, keeping the game a scoreless tie. Army, which entered with a 25-game winning streak and was a two-time defending national champion, fell to No. 2 after a close 21-18 win over Navy in its finale. Notre Dame, which entered the contest 5-0, ended the season ahead of Army, securing the national title.