conversion against Penn State in '92 in the snow.
for the 8 millionth pathetic time in the 2011 loss to SC
It was loud, like my old altec lansing's with a way too large amp were loud (and frayed)
I still can't get it out of my head.
USC 89 second half. FSU 93 two plays. Bryant Young sack on Ward and then Wooden batting pass down at end. I was 6 years old in 89, 7 in 90 and 10 in 93. Those were the days.
Because that's all we've got.
It was announced shortly before the Georgia Tech abortion in 2007.
Probably the first ND game I ever watched, too.
My loudest after the video review went in our favor on the last play of Stanford, 2012.
With a tron urging those present to "GET LOUD!" Or "WOW!!!" Or "BUY YOUR NEXT FUCKING VEHICLE FROM GURLEY LEEP!"
Hey, 1984 Hoosier Dome was really loud - especially with ND on defense....
Hoosier Dome inaugural game drinking cup.
crowd with a penalty if we did not take it down a notch. (I can't hep but fee partially responsible). And that was just us making noise so the Michigan offense could not hear the snap count. No great play required to summon deafening noise back then.
noise I remember. Miami 88 and 90 might have been louder at times, but I swear the air was vibrating during the last USC possession.
That was my first night game and I sat with my 10 year old cousin. Our grandfather was 6 rows in front of us and would turn around from time to time to make sure we were okay.
which begs the painful question of what was the loudest moment for a visiting team's fans at ND Stadium.
Has to be some play in Nebraska 2000.
I was in the stadium for Miami 1988, 1990 and also FSU in 1993. The snow bowl may not have been as loud but it was darn close.
2010s: 2014 Pick 6 vs Michigan that made it (temporarily) 37-0
2000s: 2005 Punt return by Zibby vs USC
1990s: 1993 Wooden knocks down Ward's pass to secure win over #1 FSU
1980s: 1988 Terrell knocks down 2 point attempt vs #1 Miami
1970s: 1973 Penick's 85 yard TD run vs USC
Olson can fill in the rest.
And linked is the kick return for a TD first time he touched the ball in the NFL:
Somehow, having graduated in 1984 (the details are unclear to me now...) it was total bedlam all across the stadium, not just the students. People were jumping and hugging each other. Just a frenzy.
is that Holtz had a block attempt called (sent either 9 or 10) and Tim was supposed to fair catch because nobody would be there to block for him. That's why he is surrounded by MSU guys at the start but once he got past the first wave nobody was there until the kicker and he juked him out of his shoes.
I still think that he is the best I have ever seen at ND; perhaps Rocket would have been if he had stayed for one final year and of course he was great too.
and taking advantage of the oxygen tank right before they ran him back out there. But, while you see a chance, take it.
It was all about the cleats though. Before those returns, he was not happy with his footing. (If it was 20 years ago I could have told you exactly when we changed them). IIRC, he was wearing the plastic-tipped cleats, and we swapped them with metal-tipped ones while he sat on the bench. (This gave me something to do while the towels dried). I stand by our decision.
I think he had the better lateral juke moves versus Rocket. He has commented that its unforgivable to allow a kicker to tackle a return man.
need to make fakes because he was more of a RB and just ran through tackles. Both had about the same speed. Brown was really the best I have ever seen (live or on TV) at making a fake literally at full speed. Most will slow down to make a move and that often gets them past that person, but caught from behind.
U$C in 1973 and 2005. Both were classics.
Especially dramatic because it came right after Leroy Keyes' 94 yd. fumble return. He would definitely be one of the 4 or 5 greatest opposing players, by the way.
of the Student Section if my memory does not betray me. A beautiful, bright, clear September day.
I agree on your game selection, but not the play. I can't find a play-by-play quickly, so I'll have to go off the top of my head.
I think the third-down-and-9 play with around 25 seconds left (?) was the loudest I've ever experienced the Stadium. It was the play before the infamous 4th-and-9 conversion on a pass that sailed just past Ambrose Wooden's shoulder. I believe Leinart was about to throw the ball on the third down play and one of our defenders made contact, resulting in the pass going right into the ground a few feet ahead of Leinart. The sound building up to that hit and exploding when the pass fell incomplete was deafening. It was fantastic.
Laws sacked Leinart to make it 3rd and 20.
Leinart then completed a pass to make it 4th and 9.
The sack by Laws is certainly a contender, as is Quinn's TD run to give ND the lead with 2 minutes to go.
I just remember seeing Leinhart get hit and thinking it was the loudest sound I'd ever heard in my entire life.
Another contender from that same game, to be honest, is probably the team coming out of the tunnel with green jerseys on after warmups.
This is second behind the entire Miami game later that year. The ND-Miami game in 1988 was the loudest event I've ever been at. People screamed and yelled for three hours straight.
I really, really don't like having to witness an opponent with the ball and one second on the clock with them within striking distance.
When Gillette hit the kick, I didn't know if it was good or not, but I was on the Michigan side of the field around the 50 and Chris Zorich turned around and with the ball in the air, looking like it was good, Zorich put his hands up in victory and then the ball drifted wide right by about a foot.
To this day, I have no idea how he was the first person in the stadium to know it was no good.
But, it was glorious.
I remember it being a nice, warm evening, and enjoying the look of the brand new Michigan uniforms and helmets. They were all dressed up for the prom, so to speak and I considered it a high honor that they showed up in new gear. The Musco lights gleamed on their Dartmouth helmets and the pants did actually have a "Maize" look to them.
But, in many ways it was a frustrating game for ND's offense: no offensive td's. A Ricky Watters punt return for 6, a Reggie Ho extra point to make it 7 for ND and then 4 field goals for Reggie.
The next week, ND didn't get it's first offensive td of the year until the 2nd Qtr against MSU, if I recall correctly.
But we won, and that's what makes the memory.
As the conductor on an Irish train to Killarney said to a young, married German couple in the same car as I, "Memories are sweeter than dreams."
Harry O was the loudest single MOMENT for me. If you listen to Tony Roberts' call, the eruption of noise was unbelievable. Certainly other games that I've attended had sustained noise, such as the Green Jersey game, but no moment as loud as that kick. As the Detroit press described it, the final score was:
Notre Dane 26
and place '88 Miami close to the green game. But Harry's kick was the loudest single roar I have experienced in that stadium.
USC 2005 close if not tied. I missed USC 1977 and UM 1988.
at halftime of the BC game in 1993.
Although 2005 USC was a close second. I actually rushed the field and had to be herded back.
jerseys vs USC in 1977.
Probably the best game I've ever attended, save beating UCLA in 1974.
Harry Oliver was close, though.
I also remember it being really loud when Irv Smith dragged half the Indiana defense into the end zone.
when Eric Crouch converted to his TE in OT, was the loudest I've ever heard the stadium.
It also exploded that day during Getherall and Julius Jones' kick returns.
Despite the rumors of it being half full of Husker fans, ND fans who were at the stadium, were the loud ND fans.
I would also say the 88 Miami game, the 1982 Michigan game (first under the lights), the 1988 Michigan game when Watters returned a punt for a TD 81 yards. 4th and 9 when converted by Leinart and Jarrett.
Another underrated loud game was 1998 Michigan game, when ND throttled Tom Brady and the defending national champs, 36-20. Lot of loud moments in that game.
And the stadium was only 70% ND fans, so the noise-per-fan ratio was particularly remarkable. Julius Jones had a kickoff return TD in that game, too.
Julius Jones also had a punt return TD against BC that year that I remember being particularly chaotic and loud.
Aided because of the loud crowd noise as Miami lined up and through the snap, then a vocal explosion when he batted the attempt down.
although the Zibby punt return, the sack right before that USC game fell apart, and the knockdown of the pass attempt by FSU at the end of the game in 1993 are all up there.
It was so loud that it didn't even seem like there was yelling. Just was like a piece of paper crinkling in my ear as if my brain was short-circuiting.
That was the first moment where I think the entire stadium in unison went "Holy Shit, this is going to happen."
Also the best game week I ever experienced. Pictures of Anthony Davis were taped on sidewalks around campus, and students organized into single file lines as we approached them so that everyone could take a turn stomping on them.
The Penick run had the effect of a jet approaching when one is close enough to the runway for it to be really loud. It starts as the roar of the engines, and the closer it gets the louder it gets. The stadium crowd had that same sound effect as Penick crossed each stripe on the field.
and immortality in Irish football lore, the crowd rose like a giant wave...
Hey, wouldn't that be a fun way to cheer?
[Nice blocks by the boys from Brooklyn and the late Art Best]
...the soph section watching Penick run right towards us; if I could hook up my mind's-eye video to an hdmi or usb cable, I'd post it here!
boys except most of us had been moved off campus to make room for the ladies.
T'was a sight far better than any HDMI cable can produce.
who lined up on the left side of the two tight end formation.
You could hear and feel the crowd roar as Penick cleared the corner and it grew louder with every one of those 85 yards down the field.
Miami '88 and USC 2005 are also top 5.
Only 11 years old the time, but that moment cemented my love for Notre Dame. Still get chills as he breaks through that October gloom.
I remember that game being completely dead the entire time and then one giant explosion at the end. I agree though on both the BC go ahead TD and the Zibby punt return. I would also throw in from that USC game, the sack by Trevor Laws, I believe, to put USC in third and long on their final possession.
That game was incredibly boring to watch. The stadium atmosphere was dead. It didn't help that the game was at the end of fall break. Obviously, the majority of students returned for the game, but the student section was not completely full. That game was a strange experience because it was both the quietest and loudest I have heard ND stadium. After Shark scored, there was a mosh pit in the student section for about 20-30 minutes. It was completely dead before that.
Whole stadium erupted as he powered his way into the end zone.
I remember saying "Go, Zibby, go" as he caught the ball, and I kept yelling it the whole return, only by the time he got to about the 15 I stopped being able to hear myself.
I also ended up like 3 rows above my own seat after the immediate delirium of the post-TD celebration.
People were lined up all the way out the door way, it went pretty nuts as well.
game was incredibly loud. The 88 Michigan game missed field goal as well.
eventual National Champs. We were 4-5 after that loss, I thin. After the game, Paterno asked Holtz to come over and speak to his team. Paterno told his team that, despite our record, they had just beaten one of the best teams in the country..
I was very young but remember that vividly.
The backstop on Green Field was buzzing. So were we.
to the Jamison Inn in my bitchin' Mercury Monarch. We had the basement of the hotel for the team to hang out in all day to avoid the distraction of you rowdy tailgaters.
And it is still the loudest I have ever heard ND Stadium.
Fuck Southern Cal!
My wife and I were in the top row. At one point I let out a scream that made the couple in front of us turn around and say, "We thought you jumped!"
Of course the close games I witnessed after that were Syracuse 2008, FSU 2009, and the get used to it games in 2010 against Michigan and Tulsa. Worth screaming for different reasons.
other in the student section for both. It was also very loud after the sack against USC leading up to Jarrett's big catch two plays later on fourth down.
It was as if the whole student section lunged 3 rows toward the field on that play. What a game, what a horrible ending. My roommate's comment was he wished football never existed. I've never seen him so mad before or since.
Also have to agree with above poster that next closest thing I saw in person was Shark's TD against UCLA. The student section went absolutely nuts.
And it was a loss
at least $20 million from us. And more from KU and UF.
.....ND made about $15 million.
The next year the rules were changed such that ND could only make $4.5 million for a BCS appearance.
Thus, Weis secured ND around $19.5 million in bowl money in his first two years.
Dr. White handled both the crazy Weis extension and the revised ND bowl payout rules.