Saturday will be 23 years to the day since Notre Dame’s last trip to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels. In that game a sophomore quarterback came off the bench to jum start a struggling offense as the Irish trailed 14-7 in the fourth quarter. That sophomore quarterback rallied the Irish to a 21-14 victory with a touchdown pass in the final minute of the game. The following week, that same sophomore quarterback came off the bench in the fourth quarter again to rally the Irish to a 31-30 victory after trailing 30-10.
That sophomore quarterback was Joe Montana. Here’s a video of Montana rallying the Irish to victory over North Carolina on that Saturday afternoon in October of 1975.