Notre Dame football: A History of Shamrock Series Uniforms
2012: Notre Dame 41 Miami 3
The Catholics vs. Convicts Game is truly a criminally underplayed game in Notre Dame’s modern history. Back in 2012, it was played at Soldier Field in Chicago as that year’s Shamrock Series game, and the Irish blew the doors off the Hurricanes. Ultimately, the 38-point difference would be tied as the second largest margin of victory for Notre Dame that season.
As for the uniforms, they were a bit of a mess. But at least they were trying something new? Right? So, the issue really isn’t the body of the uniforms at all. The blue stripe on the pants is a bit thick, but that’s not the end of the world.
What is kind of the end of the world is the two tone helmets. One side was gold on the right side, but navy with an all-white leprechaun on the right. Now, two tone helmets can work, but only if there is a 50/50 split of the tones. This helmet was more navy than gold and it just looked awkward.
2013: Notre Dame 37 Arizona State 34
2013 saw Notre Dame take on Arizona State in Arlington, Texas. This year was the first year that Notre Dame would wear an away white uniform, and they came out absolutely beautiful. The white uniforms were incredibly clean, and on turf, they never got muddy or grass-stained. The lettering and logos were bright gold, while the helmet was a vibrant gold with an outlined shamrock on the sides.
There was just enough green in these uniforms to make them pop too.
As for the game itself, it was the first close Shamrock Series game on the field. The Sun Devils scored 21 points during a frantic fourth quarter that nearly cost the Irish a win they thought was in hand.
2014: Notre Dame 30 Purdue 14
The last time Notre Dame and Purdue met, prior to the 2021 rendition of the game, was in 2014 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was that year’s Shamrock Series game, and Notre Dame would win it handily.
This was also one of the best games in the Shamrock Series’ histories for the uniforms that they wore. All navy uniforms with gold trim looked phenomenal. Intricate details on players’ shoulders stood out and spoke to the university culture. Then, the helmets were great. Still gold, like the standard Notre Dame uniform, but with the ND superimposed logo on the sides.
They were a phenomenal look at what that basic design would look like.