September 29, 2012 - Shamrock Series Preview: ND v Miami

Overall, Notre Dame is 9-0-2 in Soldier Field. The first game was played on November 22, 1924 against Northwestern which the Rockne coach team won 13-6. When Notre Dame Stadium was being built in 1929, Notre Dame treated Soldier Field as its home field playing three games there that season, including the 13-12 win against Southern Cal which had an unofficial attendance of 120,000. In 1942, Frank Leahy's team tied the semi-pro Great Lakes team 13-13. It would be 50 years before Notre Dame returned to Soldier Field when they played Northwestern in 1992 and 1994, easily winning both games 42-7 and 42-15 under Lou Holtz.

Notre Dame leads the series against Miami 16-7-1. The very first game took place on a Friday night in the Orange Bowl on Oct. 7, 1955. Terry Brennan's Irish won the game 14-0. During the '60s and '70s, Ara Parseghian went 5-0-1 against Miami and Dan Devine went 6-0-0 against the Hurricanes, including a game in Tokyo. The 1965 game in which Parseghian's team tied 0-0, was the only game in Ara's career that Notre Dame would be held scoreless. It wasn't until the 1980s that the rivalry began to really grow fierce. Gerry Faust's teams went 1-4-0 against Miami and Jimmy Johnson's Miami Hurricanes felt no remorse running up the score 58-7. When Lou Holtz took over the head coaching duties, he quickly brought the Irish back to national prominence. The series was at its peak for 1987-1990 where every meeting featured both schools being ranked in the Top 10. After 1990, Notre Dame and Miami would not play again until 2010 where Notre Dame won 33-17 in the Sun Bowl. With the new ACC deal, it appears these two schools will be meeting more regularly now.

Keywords: football, soldier field, miami, knute rockne, ara parseghian, dan devine, gerry faust, terry brennan, lou holtz, sun bowl, jimmy johnson, tokyo, orange bowl, great lakes, southern cal, northwestern

Posted On: 2012-09-29 10:51:40 by IrishTrpt07


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