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Friday, November 24, 2000
Updated: October 14, 5:10 PM ET
Carnegie spoils Irish national title hopes

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Nov. 27, 1926

Not only is Notre Dame unbeaten in its eight games this season, it has allowed just one touchdown. Coach Knute Rockne is so confident of victory against Carnegie Tech that he doesn't even attend today's game in Pittsburgh.

But Carnegie spoils Notre Dame's bid for a national championship with an inspired performance. A 5-1 underdog, the local team outplays the highly-touted visitors both offensively and defensively in a stunning 19-0 upset before 45,000 fans at Forbes Field.

After a scoreless first quarter, Carnegie gets two touchdowns in the second period to take a 13-0 halftime lead and tacks on two field goals in the third quarter. Defensively, Carnegie holds Notre Dame to only six first downs and just five completions in 15 attempts for 58 yards.

And where's Rockne? In Chicago, attending the Army-Navy game, along with 110,000 others.