October 21, 1944 - The scoreless streak comes to an end
After three consecutive shutouts, capped by a 64-0 victory in Fenway Park, the Irish returned home still ranked #1.
Famed Irish Four Horseman QB Harry Stuhldreher was the Head Coach of the Badgers.
On the 2nd play of the game ND HB Bob Kelly went 51 yds for a td.
ND scored again and led 12-0 late in the first half. Wisconsin drove the ball to the Irish 4 - threatening to score the first points of the season vs this ND defense.
However star Badger back, Big Earl Girard was thrown for a 7 yd loss on the final play of the half. Girard would finish the day with 15 yds on 10 carries.
The second half started with Wisconsin receiving. A Badger back fielded the kickoff at the 2...watched the Irish kickoff team converging on him...and decided to step back into the safety of the endzone....giving the Irish 2 points for a safety.
From there the Irish would score 3 straight TDs (only 2 counted). One was another TD throw from frosh QB Gasperella. The one that didn't count was an 75 yd run by Elmer Angsman...called back by a mistaken whistle by a ref.
The Irish led 28-0 and turned the game over to the reserves for the 4th Q. Those reserves gave up two late TDs - the first points given up by the Irish all year & ending 15 straight quarters of scoreless defense.
Keywords: football, wisconsin, harry stuhldreher, bob kelly, jeo gasparella, elmer angsman
Posted On: 2014-09-07 00:15:04 by Olson
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