Orange Bowl

1975

Notre Dame  13
Alabama 11

January 1, 1975 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Irish Spoil ‘Bama Title Hopes
Notre Dame players sent coach Ara Parseghian out with a win, upsetting number one-ranked Alabama 13-11, in an exciting Orange Bowl contest that went down to the wire.
 
With less than two minutes remaining, Alabama needed just a field goal for the win. Facing a second-and-two situation on the Notre Dame 38, Alabama quarterback Richard Todd was intercepted by Reggie Barnett.
 
Underdog Notre Dame led quickly in this contest, 13-0, on a pair of touchdown runs by Wayne Bullock and Mark McLane. Alabama cut it to 13-3 at the half on a 21-yard field goal by Danny Ridgeway.
 
In the fourth quarter, Todd hit Russ Schamun on a 48-yard scoring strike and followed it up with a two-point conversion pitch to George Pugh to narrow the gap to 13-11. A few more yards and the Tide would be in field goal range, but Barnett stepped in front of intended receiver, intercepted the Alabama pass and sealed the victory for Notre Dame.
 

  ND ALA
First Downs 15 14
Rushing Attempts 66 33
Rushing Yards 185 62
Passes Attempted 8 29
Passes Completed 4 15
Had Intercepted 2 2
Passing Yards 19 223
Total Offense 204 285
Punts/Avg. 6/38.0 7/40.0
Fumbles/Lost  1/1 5/2
Penalties/Yards 1/15 1/5

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Notre Dame 7 6 0 0 - 13
Alabama 0 3 0 8 - 11

                                       
SCORING SUMMARY
ND: Bullock 4-yard run (Reeve kick); ND: McLane 9-yard run (kick failed); ALA: Ridgeway 21-yard FG; ALA: Schamun 48-yard pass from Todd (Pugh pass from Todd) MOP: Wayne Bullock (Notre Dame), Leroy Cook (Alabama)
 
Notre Dame Head Coach: Ara Parseghian
Alabama Head Coach: Paul “Bear” Bryant