This Notre Dame vs. Boston School recreation has eerie similarities to legendary 1993 upset
Notre Dame beat the country’s number 1 for the first time since 1993 last week.
Now the Irish hope history doesn’t repeat itself.
Notre Dame, who is now in second place, played an exciting 47:40 double overtime against Clemson on November 17th at Notre Dame Stadium. It was the first time since the legendary 31 that the Fighting Irish defeated the number 1 -24 upset against Florida State’s number 1 in Game of the Century on November 14, 1993.
Of course, Irish fans know what happened the following week. That might be why there are some worries about seeing Boston College back on the agenda. The Eagles angry Notre Dame 41-39 on November 21, 1993 in one of the most notorious casualties in Irish history. Seriously, just say Glenn Foley out loud and see where the conversation leads.
There are some interesting similarities to this year’s game.
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Notre Dame can win anything
Notre Dame (7-0) has proven by beating Clemson that it is a national championship candidate. This team has the chance to join the 2012 and 2018 teams that ended undefeated in the regular season under veteran coach Brian Kelly. The added bonus is a year-long membership in the ACC, where this team could play in its first conference championship.
Ian Book is 27-3 as a starter and delivered the clutch games against similar to Kevin McDougal in 1993.
Just like in ’93, the Irish proved they are a competitor with a 1-0 win over the best team in FBS. The state of Florida had set a 9: 9 record with Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward with four wins against ranked teams before visiting South Bend. Notre Dame won the game with a strong defense.
When Irish cornerback Shawn Wooden Ward threw a desperate pass out of the end zone in the final game, fans stormed the field.
Boston College has a future NFL coach
The Eagles visited Notre Dame Stadium the following week in 1993 and were led by third year coach Tom Coughlin.
The team consisted of Foley at quarterback and was assisted by newcomer Matt Hasselbeck.
The two-time All-American tight Pete Mitchell and the future defensive end of the first round, Mike Mamula, were stars on this team. Having broken a string of four straight defeats in 1992, Coughlin moved to the NFL after the 1993 season.
Jeff Hafley impressed in his first season with the Eagles. Hafley, like Coughlin, is from the East Coast and spent several seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL before taking on the role of Ohio State Defensive Coordinator last season.
He led Boston College to a 5-3 record, and the Eagles all but pissed off Clemson in a 34-28 thriller on October 31st. Hafley is an aspiring coach. The only question is whether he’ll stick with the college game.
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Notre Dame knows this Boston College QB
Foley finished 30 of 48 for 315 yards and four TDs in the 1993 disgruntled Notre Dame and led the drive that set up David Gordon’s 41-yard field goal. Boston College did it, despite losing 54-7 to the Irish last season.
“This year we found out that it was human,” Foley told the Washington Post after the game. “Last year we thought they were unstoppable. Offensive, we’re as good as anyone in the nation. We can do anything we want.”
The Irish beat the Eagles 40-7 last season, but there’s another twist on the quarterback. Notre Dame Transfer Phil Jurkovec is the starter of Boston College. He’s been good that season with 2,083 yards, 14 TDs, and four interceptions.
If the Irish lose this one, it could be considered more painful considering Jurkovec was a former player.
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Loss would create chaos
The aftermath of the loss of Notre Dame to Boston College in 1993 was not forgotten in South Bend. The Irish defeated Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl and finished the game 11-1. That was good for …
No. 2 in the last AP poll. Florida State (12-1) won the national AP championship despite the head-to-head loss after beating Nebraska No. 2 18-16 in the Orange Bowl.
Could a similar scenario develop with Notre Dame’s one year lease in the ACC? After all, Clemson will bring Trevor Lawrence back for a possible rematch, and Miami (6-1) remains in the hunt for the conference championship with the Tigers and Irish. Notre Dame doesn’t want to be involved in any funky tie-breaking scenarios.
Losing to Boston College would restore that kind of chaos to the picture of the ACC and college football playoffs.
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Perhaps Kelly Notre Dame should be involved in the 1993 BC game. Remember this week just to bring that point home.