Notre Dame

Fighting Irish ©

Miami

Hurricanes

Played December 1, 1973

at the Orange Bowl

Miami, Florida

  

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Notre Dame © 1 4 0 0 1.000 2 0 0 1.000 2 0 0 1.000        
Miami, FLA 0                                

                            Previous Belt Meetings:       None
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Notre Dame 7 17 14 6 44
Miami, FLA 0 0 0 0 0

Coach Pete Elliot of the Miami Hurricanes must have owed someone at the university a huge favor to take the position of head football coach.  In his first season, his Hurricanes’ team played Texas, Florida State, Oklahoma, Boston College, Houston, Syracuse, West Virginia, Army, Alabama, & Florida; all these before the battle for The Belt with the 5th ranked, 9-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish of coach Ara Parseghian.  Somewhat surprisingly, they came through to meet the Fighting Irish with 5 wins in the 10 games.  The tough schedule had taken its toll on the Hurricanes & the Fighting Irish dominated the game 44-0 as RB Wayne Bullock rushed for 116 yards with 2 touchdowns.  Bullock scored in the 1st quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run & in the 2nd quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run as the Fighting Irish took control of the game early.  The 1st quarter drive covered 82 yards & was highlighted by a 40-yard run from Notre Dame's RB Art Best.  Miami's missed field goal attempt set-up the 2nd quarter score with the Fighting Irish pushing the lead to 14-0 without throwing a pass.  Notre Dame's QB Tom Clements found WR Pete Demmerle for a 21-yard touchdown pass & PK Bob Thomas connected on a 47-yard field goal as the Fighting Irish took a 24-0 halftime lead.  The 3rd quarter was no different as Notre Dame's RB Eric Penick scored on a 9-yard touchdown run & Clements found Demmerle for a 7-yard touchdown pass for a 38-0 lead heading into the final period.  Fighting Irish's back-up QB Cliff Brown scored the final points for Notre Dame on a 6-yard touchdown run.  Clements finished with 98 yards passing with his 2 touchdowns & the Fighting Irish rushed for 448 yards.  Miami's QB Ed Carney threw for just 72 yards & the Hurricanes' offense was held to 38 yards rushing in the shutout loss.  Notre Dame finished the season 11-0 & claimed the National Championship while the Hurricanes finished 5-6.  Miami would play again for The Belt in 1977.

Notre Dame Game Stats Miami Game Stats
 

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Wayne Bullock 20 116 2 Johnny Williams 9 26 0
Art Best 10 92 0 Woody Thompson 4 20 0
Eric Penick 12 69 1 Alan Reynaud 3 9 0
Tom Parise 8 63 0 Coy Hall 1 5 0
Al Hunter 2 27 0 Tim Morgan 1 5 0
Al Samuel 6 25 0 Henry Radford 1 4 0
Tom Clements 7 20 0 Greg Ingram 2 3 0
Cliff Brown 6 19 1 Silvio Cardoso 1 2 0
Ron Goodman 2 13 0 Walt Sweeting 1 -4 0
Willie Townsend 1 4 0 Ed Carney 5 -14 0
        Kary Baker 5 -18 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Tom Clements 12 6 0 98 2 Ed Carney 12 7 0 72 0
Cliff Brown 2 1 0 28 0 Coy Hall 3 1 1 46 0
            Kary Baker 3 1 1 12 0
 

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Pete Demmerle 3 43 2 Phil August 4 61 0
Dave Casper 1 35 0 Silvio Cardoso 1 46 0
Willie Townsend 1 28 0 Steve Marcantonio 2 23 0
Art Best 1 15 0 Walt Sweeting 1 8 0
Al Hunter 1 5 0 Woody Thompson 1 -8 0

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