October 1, 1977 - Dump Devine emerges

Following the departure of Ara Parseghian, any person would pale in comparison and any result would be a failure. Devine started his career with season records of 8-3 and 9-3. Ara had only one 3-loss season in 11 years. This season started by #3 Notre Dame beating #7 Pittsburgh but then losing to unranked Ole Miss. Falling to #11, a victory over unranked Purdue saw the Irish fall to #14. "Dump Devine" bumper stickers would be sold for $1 around campus as the hot seat warmed up. (That point would soon be forgotten by the end of the season as Devine won Notre Dame's 10th national championship.)

In his senior year, Joe Montana began the year as the third string quarterback. Today he would make his first start in two seasons against the same team he made his first-ever career start against. That first start resulted in a 10-3 loss. Today's game would look slightly different.

Montana's performance was no quite the "Joe Cool" or "Comeback Kid" we would come to love him by. Montana completed only 8 of 23 passes for 105 yards and three interceptions. Notre Dame would have six turnovers in total for the game, but Michigan State contributed four turnovers of their own to allow Notre Dame to stay in the game and in the lead.

Bob Golic would be the star on defense totaling 18 tackles and one interception. After a late goal-line stand by the Irish defense, Notre Dame would win 16-6. The scoring was provided by a 9 yard touchdown from David Mitchell and three field goals by Dave Reeve.

Reeve would connect on one from 51 yards, which would be the then second longest kick in Notre Dame history. Reeve set the record at 53 yards the year prior. Reeve currently has the longest and tied for third longest field goal kicks in Notre Dame history.

Keywords: football, michigan state, dan devine, joe montana, ara parseghian, bob golic, david mitchell, dave reeve

Posted On: 2013-09-20 00:15:05 by IrishTrpt07


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