It’s been 19 years since Notre Dame was last 9-0 to start a season. That means it’s also been 19 years since Boston College kicker David Gordon’s kick sailed through the uprights at Notre Dame Stadium to ruin Notre Dame’s perfect season and crush the dreams of an 11 year old who had fallen in love with Notre Dame football.
Even though I was just a wee lad at the time, I will never forget that kick. I’ll never forget how it felt to watch Notre Dame’s title hopes get kicked away. I’ll never forget my mom asking me why I was so upset since it was “just one game” and couldn’t figure out what the big deal was. Chicks, huh?
Well 19 years later the Irish are finally undefeated into November again as the Irish head into Chestnut Hill this weekend to take on those same Boston College Eagles who ruined their title hopes in 1993 and then again in 2002 and yes, I am still bitter, and yes I still hate David Gordon. Should I be more a bit more mature as a 30 year old now? Probably. That doesn’t mean I will be though.
So… without further ado, here is this week’s Wake Up the Echoes.
The ABC promo for the game ought to get you going. NBC, please take some notes.
Last time Notre Dame traveled to Chestnut Hill…
The last time Notre Dame was 9-0 this was the intro for the game… a game that ended with Notre Dame improving to 10-0.
And the last time these two teams faced off overall..
Speaking of the last time these two teams played. In last year’s contest Jonas Gray’s breakout season was completely derailed by a tough injury that has slowed the start of his NFL career. Here’s a touching video of Gray from the locker room after last year’s game.
One of the few bright moments from this series during the Davie/Willingham eras.
Highlights from last week’s win over PIttsburgh.
Notre Dame needs to forget what it did against Pitt and remember what it did to the last ACC opponent they had faced prior to last week.
I would love to see Notre Dame show no mercy tomorrow – kinda like Captain Insaneo.
And I would love for this to be all Brian Kelly says to the team before taking the field.
And then have Manti Te’o reenact this scene at the end of the game staring out into an emptied out Alumni Stadium.
Considering the history of this series though, I will just be very thankful to escape Boston with a W – no matter how ugly.