August 28, 1999 - ND's earliest football game


While we have to wait four more days until football season starts and another week after that until the first home game, if this was 1999 again then we'd all be converging on Notre Dame Stadium for the first home game of the year. Not only is this game the earliest home game to start a season, it's also the earliest game to start a season ever!

Bob Davie would start his third season at Notre Dame ranked #18 and coming off a Gator Bowl loss to Georgia Tech. Notre Dame and Kansas had met five times before with Notre Dame holding the advantage winning three games, tying one, and losing the very first match up in 1904. The last time the two teams met was in 1938 so there was no recent history to go off of.

Besides this being the earliest game to start a season, it was also the first game that Mike Brown was the Leprechaun. Brown was the first African American Leprechaun in school history and he got things started off the night before at the pep rally:

Notre Dame started the scoring off following a Kansas fumble. Jarious Jackson had a 38-yard touchdown run which the team followed with a 22-yard interception return, and a 1-yard run. At the end of the first quarter, the Irish held a 20-0 lead. Kansas mounted two long scoring drives of their own and at halftime Kansas was still in the game, down 20-13. The second half was all Irish and Notre Dame capitalized on more Kansas turnovers. In the third, a 2-yard run and a 31-yard fumble return added two more touchdowns. The team didn't stop there as the runs became longer. A 46-yard run and a 74-yard run by Arnaz Battle put the final score at 48-13.

                      1  2  3  4   F
Kansas                0 13  0  0  13
Notre Dame           20  0 14 14  48



Keywords: football, kansas, bob davie, gator bowl, georgia tech, jarious jackson, mike brown, leprechaun, arnaz battle

Posted On: 2012-08-28 00:15:02 by IrishTrpt07

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