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Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's Official #1 Light is On

It's not official until they turn on the #1 light on top of Grace Hall.

I've seen the light in person a couple of times.  My youngest son and I made the annual trip to Notre Dame during the glory days of the Holtz era.

In 1990 Notre Dame came into the game against Penn State with a #1 ranking.  Penn State had started the year with losses to Texas and USC, but were coming on strong with seven consecutive wins. Still, #18 ranked Penn State was a heavy underdog going into South Bend.

The Irish took an early 14-0 lead, but Rocket Ismail left the game with an injury and Notre Dame's offense struggled in the second half. With the score tied, Rick Mirer threw an interception in the final minute of the game. Craig Fayak kicked the game winning field goal as the clock ticked down and Penn State escaped South Bend with a 24-21 win.  As we left the stadium the light was still on and we wondered who would be turning it out.

Let's hope Brian Kelly can keep it lite for a long time.

Go Irish Beat USC

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