ND football has just hit a new low. And although he may not have been fired just yet, Charlie Weis just took one step out the door with Saturday’s unbelievable head-scratching loss to Navy. The only thing that can save him now is to win the next 3 games (at Pitt, UConn, at Stanford) AND the bowl game. But right now, the chances of that miracle happening look quite slim given the team’s morale will likely hit rock bottom right before going into a lion’s den at #13 Pittsburgh next week.
November 5, 1983 – The 3rd ranked, 7-1 Auburn Tigers & coach Pat Dye welcomed the 7th ranked Maryland Terrapins of coach Bobby Ross who stood 7-1. Three different Auburn running backs rushed for more than 100 yards with a touchdown as the Tigers amassed 450 yards rushing & Auburn’s RB Tommie Agee scored 2 touchdowns as the Tigers retained The Belt with a 35-23 win over the Terrapins.
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November 4, 1995 – The 22nd ranked, 6-2 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue traveled to Tempe to meet the 4-4 Arizona State Sun Devils of coach Bruce Snyder. The Bruins planned to reclaim The Belt led by All-American OT Jonathan Ogden as well as All-Pac 10 players RB Karim Abdul-Jabbar & C Mike Flanagan but the Sun Devils had other ideas. The Bruins led 27-10 at the half but 4 fumbles & 7 penalties gave the Sun Devils all the chances they needed for a comeback. Arizona State’s All-Pac 10 QB Jake Plummer threw for 312 yards with 2 touchdowns leading the Sun Devils to a 37-33 victory to retain The Belt.
November 3, 2007 – The 3rd ranked, 7-1 Louisiana State Tigers of coach Les Miles traveled to Tuscaloosa to meet the 17th ranked, 6-2 Alabama Crimson Tide of first-year coach Nick Saban. The pregame hype for the match-up featured several storied about Nick Saban’s departure from Louisiana State for the NFL. The Tigers’ faithful considered him traitorous not only for leaving Louisiana State but for taking the Alabama job. Tigers’ QB Matt Flynn overcame three 1st half interceptions to lead Louisiana State to a come-from-behind 41-34 victory to retain The B
…there is a football team that started the season 5-0. Since then, the Giants have dropped three. Now it looks like the G-Men are caught in the middle. There is a distinct difference between the haves of the NFL (Indy, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Denver) and the have-nots ( St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Cleveland, and Kansas City). The Giants seemed stuck in the quagmire between the two. Things looked good when Eli Manning hit Kevin Boss with 1:54 remaining in the half. Despite playing poorly, New York pulled to within16-7. Momentum was theirs. Then the Eagles struck twice. Momentum turned into a 30-7 deficit. The second stanza didn’t look any better for Big Blue.
November 2, 1991 – The 21st ranked, 6-2 Baylor Bears of coach Grant Teaff traveled to Fayetteville to meet the 24th ranked, 5-2 Arkansas Razorbacks of coach Jack Crowe. In weather more befitting the Iditarod, Baylor won a defensive struggle 9-5 in one of the lowest scoring games in Belt history. The temperature never got above freezing, the wind was blowing 10 to 20 mph, & the final 11 minutes were played in a steady snowfall.
Another week of great sports action, and so many great performances with which to choose. Step right up readers and give us the one (1), uno, une performance that stands out for you this past week.
Notre Dame’s Halloween “home game away from home” went about the way most people thought it would as the Irish dominated Washington State en route to a 40-14 win that was essentially over midway through the 3rd quarter. The play of the game was Clausen’s 50 yard Hail Mary pass to Golden Tate as time expired in the first half.
October 30, 1976 – The 3rd ranked, 6-0-1 UCLA Bruins of coach Terry Donahue traveled to Seattle to battle Don James’ 4-3 Washington Huskies. QB Warren Moon lead the Washington offense in the Huskies first ever Belt game. UCLA’s All-Pac 8 RB Theotis Brown rushed for a school-record 220 yards & scored 3 touchdowns as the Bruins defeated the Huskies for the first time in Seattle since 1958 to retain The Belt with a 30-21 victory.