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Remembering classic 1 vs. 2 encounters

Originally Published: October 31, 2011
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Before No. 1 Notre Dame played at No. 2 USC in November 1988, then-Fighting Irish coach Lou Holtz addressed his team during a meeting early in the week.

"Men, I called Southern Cal and asked them if we could play the game tomorrow," Holtz told his players. "They said we had to wait until Saturday."

Then Holtz tried to get his players to relax and take a deep breath, even as the sporting world's attention was crashing down on them.

"If you make a fist ...

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