September 12, 1992 - Reggie Brooks scores while unconscious

Notre Dame opened the 1992 season ranked #3 and took care of Northwestern at Soldier Field, 42-7. Today, in their second game of the season they faced off against #6 Michigan at home. While Notre Dame was already 1-0 on the season, this was Michigan's first game of the season.

Reggie BrooksReggie Brooks came to Notre Dame in 1989 following his older brother Tony. Initially a defensive back, Brooks switched to tailback in 1991 and earned a starting role for the 1992 season.

During the 1992 Michigan game with Notre Dame just at the edge of the red zone and threatening to score, Rick Mirer (#3) would pitch the ball to Brooks (#40). After breaking several tackles and rumbling ahead for 20 yards, Reggie Brooks collapsed across the goal line for a touchdown. It wasn't until Brooks laid there with the ball bouncing away was it realized that he was unconscious. On the final collision with a Michigan player (Michigan #5) at the goal line, Brooks staggered a couple steps, brought the ball to his chest and went down. Watch the video below for the run (also note, Michigan #20 is Corwin Brown - Defensive Coordinator under Charlie Weis).

As far as the game itself, Michigan would take a 17-7 lead. Notre Dame would tie the game at 17 all and that would be the final score as overtime was yet a part of the college game. Notre Dame had a final chance to potentially take the lead. But after a series of plays that appeared the team was playing for a tie, the fans began to boo. It was the only time Lou Holtz got booed at home. Notre Dame would go on to finish the season 10-1-1, ranked #5 and beat #4 Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

Brooks would finish the season with 1,372 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He would be an All-American and finish 5th in the Heisman voting. His career average of 7.6 yards per carry is still the school record. Brooks would also play a pivotal role in the Snow Bowl later in the season. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and played for the Buccaneers as well. In 1999, Brooks returned to Notre Dame to finish his Bachelor's degree in management information systems. Currently, Reggie Brooks is employed by the University as the Manager for Monogram/Football Alumni Relations.

Keywords: football, michigan, reggie brooks, lou holtz, rick mirer, corwin brown, charlie weis, texas a&m, cotton bowl

Posted On: 2011-09-12 03:15:00 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2012-01-24 17:41:18 by IrishTrpt07


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