November 26, 1960 - The Daryle Lamonica Show

By Olson


This was my favorite Daryle Lamonica game as an ND player. ND came into the game an awful 1-8 facing John McKay for the first time as coach of USC.

Soph Lamonica had started off and on at QB during the season, sharing duties with George Haffner (who would later transfer to McNeese St and get drafted in the NFL).

Californian Lamonica who picked ND over USC as a High School recruit, started for the Irish vs the 4-5 Trojans.

ND got the ball first, starting at the 29 and Lamonica drove the Irish down the field. Lamonica picked up a crucial 1st down on a 16 yard run. The drive stalled around the 20 and ND kicked a FG.

ND 3 USC 0

USC took over and Trojan QB Bill Nelson had a pass picked off by Irish safety Daryle Lamonica who returned the INT 18 yds to the USC 45. From there Lamonica QBed the Irish down the field, including an 18 yd pass to Murphy and another crucial run by Daryle for a first down to keep the drive alive. The Irish drove to the 1 yd line where Lamonica kept the ball himself for the TD.

ND 10 USC 0

USC was stopped cold on their next possession (Lamonica in on a 3rd down tackle short of a first down). USC punted and ND took over at their own 20. QB Lamonica proceeded to march the Irish 80 yard in 18 plays(all on the ground). Lamonica had 2 carries for 19 yds-both producing 1st downs during the drive. That gave Lamonica a total 4 different crucial runs for 1st downs in the game. Bob Scarpitto scored from the 7 for the Irish.

ND 17 USC 0

USC finally got a drive going just before half. The Trojans reached the 24 and on the last play QB Bill Nelson hit Marlin McKeever for what looked like it had a chance to be a td. Only one Irish player had a shot at McKeever....Lamonica dropped Marlin at the 10 and the half ended.

The Irish kicked off to USC to start the second half. Return man Jim Bates broke into the clear and for a second looked like he would go all the way. But 30 yds into his run, Bates met up with the ubiquitous Lamonica, playing on the kickoff team too-Daryle dropped Bates in his tracks.

The rains came next. USC only mounted one semi-drive. It ended at the 42 when Buoniconti and Lamonica (naturally) combined on a hard tackle of a USC ballcarrier who fumbled-the Irish recovered.

The remainder of the game was a punting dual....did I mention that Lamonica did the punting for the Irish?

Final ND 17 USC 0

1960 would be the "Thank God for California Season" as Notre Dame won only two games that year. The season opener against Cal and the closer against Southern Cal.




Keywords: football, southern cal, daryle lamonica, john mckay, george haffner, murphy, buoniconti, california

Posted On: 2013-09-04 00:15:04 by Olson
Edited On: 2014-01-15 19:35:32 by IrishTrpt07

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