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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Memory of 38-0 loss to Michigan lingers for Notre Dame

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posted on Sep, 10 2004 @ 07:45 PM
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A year ago Notre Dame was dreaming of challenging for a national championship when it played Michigan.
 

Now the Fighting Irish are looking to simply regain a measure of respectability against the eighth-ranked Wolverines on Saturday.

That's how bad it has gone for Notre Dame since the Irish, then ranked No. 15, walked off the field at Michigan Stadium 38-0 losers in the most lopsided loss in their 31-game rivalry.

Going into that game, Tyrone Willingham had a record of 11-3 at Notre Dame and was being compared with Ara Parseghian. Heading into Saturday's game, Willingham has a 15-11 record at Notre Dame and is being compared to Bob Davie and Gerry Faust.

The Irish are 5-10 in their last 15 games -- their worst stretch since they were 4-11 for a 15-game span under Joe Kuharich in 1960-61. Even worse, the Irish lost four of those games -- all to Top 10 teams -- by 31 points or more.

Those are depths the Irish never reached under Davie or Faust.

Adding to the concern in South Bend is the 20-17 loss to Brigham Young last week, a game the Irish had moved from Oct. 30 so they could use it as a tuneup for Michigan. Instead, the Irish offense looked inept, rushing for just 11 yards -- their worst performance in 39 years. Some Irish fans are in a panic, especially with the hated Wolverines headed to town as 13½-point favorites.




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