November 15, 1969 - The Michigan Rivalry Resumes

By Olson

1969 vs Michigan Frosh (H) WON 17-7

This game was the pride and joy of Irish AD Moose Krause who had been working for years to reestablish a football rivalry between the Notre Dame and Michigan. The Irish had not played the Wolverines since 1943, and only twice since 1909. This freshmen football game would be the first in a series of meetings (frosh teams and then later JV teams) between the two schools that eventually led to the varsity squads renewing a series in the late 70s.

Irish frosh Mike Creaney was the star of the game (as a kicker)-at least according to the 'Scholastic Football Review' write-up:

Playing with a badly bruised foot, no less, Creaney just missed a 47 yard attempt (it had the distance but was wide right).....he split the uprights with a 42 harder in a 20 mile per hour gale. Also on note was the fact that not one of his kickoffs was shorter than the Wolverines 5 yard line.

Jim Bulger played QB for the Irish and hit SE Willie Townsend with a td pass. HB Larry Parker was the leading rusher for ND.

Keywords: freshman football, michigan, moose krause, mike creaney, jim bulger, willie townsend, larry parker

Posted On: 2013-02-26 00:15:04 by Olson


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