This game doesn’t seem to get the same type of recognition as some others in this series. The 1973 National Invitation Tournament was the 1973 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. Tom Clements was in the midst of quarterbacking Notre Dame to an undefeated season and a National Title. Coincidentally, the Bruins' last loss was to Notre Dame and Austin Carr in 1971 by a score of 89–82.. The final UPI coaches poll was released in early December, prior to the bowls, and had the Huskers ninth. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. The 1973 Notre Dame vs USC Game. There was an Orange Bowl in January and December in 1996 and 2014. The 1973 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. This game doesn’t seem to get the same type of recognition as some others in this series. Notre Dame finally managed six points on a touchdown from Tom Clements to Pete Demmerle against the Husker reserves to avoid a shutout.. Eighth-ranked Notre Dame set the tone early, when defensive back Luther Bradley (‘78) knocked Lynn Swann’s helmet off on the first play. Nebraska was appearing in their third consecutive Orange Bowl. USC finished the season with a 12-0 record and the national championship. Irish kicker Bob Thomas kicked a field goal to give the Irish a slim 24–23 victory and the AP national title. Lost Mideast Regional Semifinal (77-68) versus Michigan "Notre Dame Preserves 24-23 Victory." 28 Oct 1973. The Fighting Irish won the title by defeating the previously unbeaten and No. Students surrounding the wooden Trojan Horse on the field in Notre Dame Stadium. 1 in the AP Poll to claim the AP national title, they were not awarded the Coaches title, since Alabama was awarded the Coaches Poll title before the bowl season. The Irish set the tone early, as Luther Bradley popped Swann on the first play of the game, knocking the helmet off his head. Defeating The Defending Champs (1973 vs. USC) As has been the case on the road to many of Notre Dame’s national championships, the game against USC was a pivotal moment in the 1973 title season.  The Irish started the season strong, amassing large margins of victory over Northwestern, Rice and Army to set up a highly anticipated contest with No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl by a score of a 24–23. The Irish started the season strong, amassing large margins of victory over Northwestern, Rice and Army to set up a highly anticipated contest with No. 1988 – Notre Dame 27, USC 10 – #1 vs #2 Nebraska scored early and won 40–6.. In late October, the #6 Trojans visited South Bend for the annual matchup. The defeat was a 71–70 decision to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
That’s why this particular meeting meant so much, and deserves the same recognition as some of the other matchups in the series. New, 1 comment.
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