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Northwestern and Notre Dame renew rivalry

Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:48 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

That video is from 1995, and it shows what happened the last time Northwestern and Notre Dame met on a football field. During that game, Northwestern shocked the world by upsetting ninth-ranked Notre Dame in the season opener by a score of 17-15. It was the first game of what turned out to be a dream season for Northwestern, as the Wildcats finished the year 10-1 and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1949.

At that time, Pat Fitzgerald was Northwestern's middle linebacker. Now that he's the team's head coach, Fitzgerald will get his chance to not only beat Notre Dame as a player, but as a coach as well. It was announced on Thursday morning that the Irish and Wildcats would be rekindling the series. Northwestern will return to South Bend in 2014, while Notre Dame will make the trip to Evanston in 2018.

“We’re excited about having Notre Dame make its first visit to Evanston since 1976,” said Northwestern AD Jim Phillips in a press release. “This is really an exciting time for Chicago’s Big Ten team as we continue to upgrade our nonconference schedule. With schools such as Boston College, California, Syracuse and Vanderbilt visiting Ryan Field in future years, combined with Nebraska to our division in the Big Ten, there’s no better time to be a Wildcat.”

Phillips also worked in Notre Dame's athletic department from 2000 to 2004. While the schools haven't played since that 1995 shocker, they have played a total of 47 games against one another.


Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:32 pm

Northwestern and Notre Dame renew rivalry

How much is ND paying the media to sniff them when they stopped being relevant years and years ago? Is there going to get a headline if Air Force decides to play Iowa State in 2015? If so, then fine...but if not, why not dedicate a little more space and time to teams that have earned a bit more attention in the recent past (10-15 years = "recent past") due to their performance on the field and actual relevancy to today's game?

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:57 pm

Northwestern and Notre Dame renew rivalry

Big whoop. Notre Dame schedules another crappy team. Don't tell me, they also play Purdue, BC, Army, Navy, Air Force, and a couple C-USA teams also, right?

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 3:32 pm

Northwestern and Notre Dame renew rivalry

It's great for the Chicago area fans who will draw big but on the down side they won't play for 4 more years after that game.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:49 pm

Northwestern and Notre Dame renew rivalry

Wow, Sportsline, this is amazingly interesting news!  A formerly good team taking on a seldom good team in only two short years!  That's great!

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