Ditka vs Notre Dame
by olson (2017-03-25 16:37:13)
Edited on 2017-03-25 16:45:05
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  In reply to: Ditka's decision spared him from playing for Joe Kuharich  posted by RocketShark



1958 vs Terry Brennan & ND

ND led late 26-22
ND QB Izo had had a monster game-2 tds passing/2 tds rushing

Pitt drove for a td late in the game-lead by Ditka
Big Mike had a couple of catches on the long drive but the key thing that Ditka did was refuse to go down after the 2nd catch
3 ND defenders finally stopped Ditka's forward progress & were hanging on-finally the ref blew his whistle & the play dead-with Ditka still upright and refusing to go down

With the play over , one of the frustated ND defenders threw Ditka to the ground- adding a 15 yd penalty to a big gain

Helped along by Ditka's catches & the big penalty, Pitt scored the winning td with 11 seconds left

A Pitt Assistant Sports Information Director named Beano Cook ran through the entire pressbox & out the door celebrating the Pitt winning td...he was later reprimanded by his boss for the display

Still ND had enough time for Izo to throw one last long pass- complete to Red Mack who was hauled down at the Pitt 15 as time ran out

Pitt 29 ND 26

Izo had thrown for 332 yds 2 td & also rushed to 2 tds


1959 vs new ND coach Kuharich

Despite Izo's great game the year before, Kuharich did not start Izo vs Pitt....by the time Izo got into the game & threw a td pass for the Irish, it was all over

Pitt 28 ND 13


1960 vs Kuharich again

Pitt jumped off to a 20-0 lead. Ditka had a 59 yd reception where little Irish DB Angelo Dabiero jumped on Ditka back after the catch & went along for the ride until a bunch of ND defenders finally caught up an helped little Angelo bring Ditka down at the 8

The ND Scholastic made mention of how great a game Ditka had on defense from his DE position

ND came back- but lost 20-13





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