Air Force quarterback Dee Dowis took his team inside the Irish 20 on the game's first offensive drive.  After an Anthony Johnson touchdown gave the Irish a 14-7 lead, Dickerson scored his second touchdown to tie the game again at 14-14. 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Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. It was also the 24th time No.  It was the first time the Fighting Irish had thrown deep all game, and the long pass caught Penn State defensive backs off guard. "Notre Dame (4-0) Rolls, 42-14". "Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 3". 1 ranked Miami, ending their 36-game regular season winning streak. Associated Press (1988-09-18). The 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season.  Junior fullback Anthony Johnson rushed for two of Notre Dame's seven TDs, while Tony Brooks and Rodney Culver also added touchdowns. The sellout crowd of 93,829 was the largest in this rivalry since 1955.  Reggie Ho's extra point made it 7-0.  Tony Rice went 8-14 passing for the game and a third quarter Braxston Banks touchdown gave the Irish the lead for good. The Trojans were listless, committing four turnovers, including a back-breaking Rodney Peete interception to Stan Smagala for another Notre Dame touchdown.  Holtz was named national coach of the year for taking the Irish squad from an 8-4 record the previous year to national title winners the following year.  Notre Dame started out fast with Tony Rice surprising the crowd by throwing deep to Raghib Ismail on the first play of scrimmage.  The Irish improved to 3-0 while the Boilermakers dropped to 1-2 on the year. , Air Force opened the game with an impressive ground attack. " Favored to beat Navy by five touchdowns, the Irish dropped five passes, lost two fumbles, shanked a punt for a mere 10 yds., and got whistled for having twelve men on the field - all before winning the game 22-7.  Notre Dame struggled early in the contest, accumulating only 50 yards running on 21 carries.  After a stalled Irish drive, the Panthers got the ball back and took a 7-0 lead on a Dickerson touchdown. 8 Irish Leave Spartans Smartin'", https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/73632058.html?dids=73632058:73632058&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Sep+18%2C+1988&author=&pub=The+Washington+Post+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&edition=&startpage=d.14&desc=MIDWEST+ROUNDUP%3BNo.+8+Irish+Leave+Spartans+Smartin%27, "Pluck of the Irish – Spunky Notre Dame laid claim to the top spot in the national rankings by outlasting No. The 1998 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. 1998 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Roster. We're not a very good team right now. More 1998 Notre Dame Pages. Copyright © 2020  In at running back, Belles took a pitch from Tony Rice, stepped back to his right and threw to a wide open Ricky Watters. Most Recent Games and Any Score Since 1869. Brown 11-yard pass from Walsh (pass failed), Smagala 64-yard interception return (kick failed). The University of Notre Dame was dubbed the "Catholics" and the University of Miami was dubbed as "the Convicts".  Despite the lopsided score, Stanford did mount two of the longest scoring drives against the Irish to date, with a 68-yard drive by quarterback Brian Johnson and a 73-yard drive by back-up quarterback Jason Palumbis. This was the first time a team scored by returning a failed conversion in NCAA Div I history (the rule allowing for the defense to score this way instituted at the start of the 1988-89 season). The 1988 squad, one of 11 national title squads for the Irish, is considered to be one of the best undefeated teams in the history of college football.  The Irish exploded for 28 points in the second quarter, highlighted by a 54-yard Rice touchdown pass to Rocket Ismail. , The October 15, 1988, game between Notre Dame and the University of Miami Hurricanes is colloquially referred to as the Catholics vs. Convicts game.  The Irish offense quickly followed with three touchdowns on their first three offensive possessions.  156 yards came on 19 carries in the third quarter alone. 1 Miami the previous week never materialized for the now 2nd ranked Irish, who used a second half onslaught of power running to down the Falcons 41-13. Conferences. , As of 2016, the 1988 Irish squad is also the most recent to win the national title.  One of the highlights was a 50-yard halfback pass late in the third quarter thrown by 3rd-string quarterback Steve Belles. American Football Database is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community.  The Irish came into the game as underdogs, but spectacular play of defensive end Frank Stams and cornerback Stan Smagala aided the Irish offense, led by Tony Rice, to an Irish victory.  Ismail was so wide open, he scored even though he had to wait for Rice's underthrown pass.  Ismail became the first Notre Dame player to return two kick-offs for touchdowns in a game since Paul Castner in 1922 against Kalamazoo.