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Notre Dame vs. Miami Rivalry

June 12, 2012


Notable Games in the Rivalry

1955: Where it All Started

Miami and Notre Dame met for the first time on the gridiron on Oct. 7, 1955 at the Orange Bowl. The #5 ranked Fighting Irish beat the #15 ranked Hurricanes 14-0.


1965: Scoreless Tie

There was a point in time when ties were fairly common in college football. Before overtime was introduced in 1996, it wasn’t uncommon for two teams to play to a tie. A scoreless tie, however, was pretty rare. That is exactly what transpired in 1965 when Miami and Notre Dame met in the Orange Bowl for just the third time ever.

1979: ‘Canes and Irish Meet in Japan

The 1979 edition of the Miami Hurricanes became known as the “Jet-Lag Kids” for their extensive travels around the country and even the world. The team set an NCAA record with over 28,000 miles traveled throughout the season, highlighted by a trip to Japan for a regular season game against rival Miami. The Fighting Irish went on to beat the ‘Canes 40-15.


1981: Rivalry Shifts Miami’s Way

For the better part of the first two decades of the rivalry, Notre Dame had its way with Miami. The ‘Canes had their moments – a 28-12 win in 1960 and a couple close losses along the way – but the Irish owned the series…until 1981. The ‘Canes cruised past Notre Dame, 37-15 for its second-ever win over the Irish.

1983: Miami Crushes Notre Dame En Route to National Championship

By 1983, anytime Miami and Notre Dame met on the gridiron, the country took notice. The Irish had enjoyed most of the success in the series, but this game would go down as one of the more memorable in Orange Bowl history, as the ‘Canes shut out the Irish, 20-0, in front of a national television audience and 52,480 fans at the Orange Bowl.

1985: Miami Makes a Statement

Miami crushed Notre Dame, 58-7, in a game that turned the temperature of the rivalry up to a whole new level. The 51-point rout established the hostile tone this series would take during the Lou Holtz era after Jimmy Johnson was accused of running up the score in Gerry Faust’s final game.

1988: Irish Win Thriller in South Bend

The 1988 meeting between Miami and Notre Dame featured just about everything a fan could ask for, from a pre-game melee to a high scoring contest that came down to the wire. The tense and at times nasty series was dubbed “Catholics vs. Convicts” by some Notre Dame supporters. The game was marked by a pregame shoving match and the next season the teams nearly squared off at midfield before the coin toss.


1990: Irish Crush Miami’s hopes for a National Championship

After the 29-20 victory by the Irish in 1990 — which knocked Miami out of the national title hunt and helped Notre Dame go the Orange Bowl with a chance to win another championship — the series was stopped.

2010: Irish route Miami in El Paso

After nearly two decades, the Fighting Irish squared off to face the ‘Canes in the 2010 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Notre Dame routed a self- destructing Miami 33-17 to finish the season with an 8-5 record.


2012: Irish take on the ‘Canes at Soldier Field   

The Fighting Irish and the ‘Canes will play Oct. 6, 2012, at Soldier Field in Chicago and then play a home-and-home starting in 2016 at South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame leads the series 16-7-1.


Contributions by Rob Dunning