BC Game, 1998

Nov 07, 2012

I attended this game with my best friend from back home. Had a big lead and then lost it...

B.C. drove to the 2-3 yard line for a first down.  This video shows the goal line stand at the end of the game.  B.C. had one of the top running backs in the country in Mike Cloud.  I was standing on the ND sideline and had a great look at the play from behind the B.C. line.

Here’s a little side story on this goal line stand.

Bobby Howard made the first two tackles.  He was considered a “throw in” when Holtz was desperately trying to recruit his high school teammate, Randy Moss.  Bobby is a shorter, African American version of Manti.  He is an outstanding human being.  He had a smile that would light up a room.  He is a born leader.  He ended up being a great player for us and team Captain and had a nice NFL career with the Bears as a middle linebacker.  A great kid.  We were very good friends when he was on campus.  One day, one of his teammates (a 260 pound mass of JERK) was involved in a confrontation with some regular students after a Bookstore Basketball game.  Some friends of the other student came to his aid and 4-5 large football players came towards the clash, not really knowing what was going on.  Along came the Capster.  Great.  I got in front of the football group and tried to calm down the big jerk.  Just then, Bobby Howard walked up and saw me.  He said to the jerk, “Get out of here” and looked at the others and said “You too”.  He remains one of my favorite ND players.

The other two tackles were made by two different players.

A few days before the team flew to Boston, I was giving a Stadium tour to a wealthy Notre Dame donor, referred to me by the Main Building.  I learned she was a HUGE ND Football Fan.  While we were standing outside the Stadium, a football player walked by.  I didn’t know him personally, but recognized him and knew he was a top flight kid.  I introduced her to Jimmy Friday.  He made a wonderful impression.  The next year, I had Jimmy give a talk to my Usher Supervisors, during our morning training meeting on the day of a game.  A classy guy.  Right after Jimmy left, Deke Cooper walked by.  I didn’t know him at all, but asked if he wouldn’t mind speaking to this woman.  He made another great impression.  She was thrilled.

Notice who makes the two CRUSHING tackles on the final two plays of this GREAT goal line stand.

11/7 -- V: 1998 vs. BC (UND)


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