Okay, maybe the game wasn't THAT legendary.
Okay, maybe it was just Nevada.
Okay, maybe next week's trip to Ann Arbor will really tell the tale.
But on one nearly perfect day in September, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame were nearly perfect, and recorded their first shutout under head coach Charlie Weis. As seen from my vantage point (Section 105, Row 26, Seat 8), with my back pressed firmly against the wall, this was a team that was tired of having it's own back to the wall, and wanted to make a statement.
And the first half, wow did it make that statement. The offense moved up the field with ease. And the defense, while giving up a troubling long first drive to Nevada that resulted in a missed field goal, really tightened up.
After Notre Dame score their second touchdown right after the start of the second quarter, I headed down to get of some pop (I went to the game with T-Bone, Mrs. Ivy, his sister, and 2 nephews). While standing in a line that seemed to move in retrograde motion, I heard a load roar from the crowd as Michael Floyd caught a pass on the sidelines and raced 72 yards for a score. "Tell me you saw that?!?!" was T-Bone's only question when I returned a few minutes later with the buckets of pop.
The second half of the game was mostly turned over to making sure that no one got hurt and running out the clock. I will tell you, I like that. Some college's won't settle for an opening victory with under 50 points. That's like a school house on Thanksgiving… No Class.
The "D" provided the excitement (mostly) for the second half with an excellent goal line stand (fumble recovery) and an interception to ice the remaining Nevada hopes.
And since only mjenks is still reading this, here's some sights and sounds of the day in Notre Dame, Indiana.
The band marches to the stadium before the game…
Scope in front of "Touchdown Jesus". No, back there on the library, not Lech Wałęsa over there.
And as a wrap up, here's the band again.
Now, on to Michigan.