The 1974 game, of course, was 24-0 ND before halftime
by ShermanOaksND (2014-11-30 16:31:25)
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  In reply to: That's pretty damning if true,  posted by PattyMulligan

Yesterday was 35-0 USC before halftime. It was infinitely worse than the 1974 game, which was painful because of the blown lead.

The only time an Ara-coached ND team was truly blown out was the 1973 Orange Bowl, 40-6 to Nebraska. That game was 20-0 at halftime and 40-0 at about the same point in the third quarter as USC led 49-7 yesterday.

Ara's teams lost by 20+ points in only 2 other games, 28-8 at LSU in 1971 and 45-23 at USC in 1972. But those weren't really blowouts. ND had more total yardage in both games. Against LSU, ND was killed by turnovers and multiple blown opportunities inside the LSU 10. Against USC, ND closed to 25-23 late in the 3rd, before Anthony Davis had his 2nd KO return for a TD. ND actually had an outside shot at the national championship if they'd won that game. Instead, they were flat for the Orange Bowl, and half the team was hung over from partying on the beach on New Year's Eve.


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