Jan 6, 2013; Fort Lauderdale FL, USA; Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (left) and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban pose with the Coaches

Notre Dame vs. Alabama: A History

Notre Dame and Alabama have faced off 6 times in the history of these two prestigious football programs. The Fighting Irish have dominated the series winning 5 of the 6 meetings. Here is a brief history of the contests between the two teams.

1973 Sugar Bowl

The teams met in the Sugar Bowl with the National Title on the line in 1973. The game was coached by two legends of the game, Ara Parseghian and Bear Bryant. Late in the game, Notre Dame faced a critical 3rd and 6 near its own endzone. That is when Tom Clemens hit Tight End Robin Weber. This first down sealed the victory for Notre Dame as well as the 1973 Championship.

1974 Orange Bowl

Notre Dame and Alabama met again in a major bowl. This result was the same. The Fighting Irish outlasted the Crimson Tide 13-11. This was the last game that Coach Ara Parseghian would coach in. He had announced his retirement prior to the game.

November 13, 1976

For the first time in South Bend, Notre Dame and Alabama met. Vegas Ferguson rushed for 1o7 yards and a touchdown as the Irish won, 21-18.

November 15, 1980

For the first time in Tuscaloosa, Notre Dame and Alabama met. Notre Dame scored in the 2nd Quarter on a Phil Carter touchdown. Then the Defense took control of the game, shutting out the Crimson Tide.

October 4, 1986

In Lou Holtz’s first season, Notre Dame again travel to Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide. This resulted in Alabama’s first and only win in the series. Quarterback Mike Shula threw three touchdowns. Alabama won 28-10.’

November 14, 1987

In the last meeting, Notre Dame and Alabama met in South Bend. The Irish dominated on the ground, gaining 348 yards. The Irish won 37-6.

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