ESPN makes notable mistake with Notre Dame history

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I was largely a fan of ESPN’s coverage of the Fiesta Bowl and am a big fan of Dan Orlovsky’s work. I again thought he largely shined during the game despite the result not being the way anyone visiting Fighting Irish Wire likely wanted it to.

During the game we were told that Notre Dame had never lost a game in which they led by 21 or more points at any point.

(Editor’s note – a graphic stated “Since 2004” but the announcers did not acknowledge it)

That perhaps made for more dramatic theatre but the problem with it was that it simply wasn’t true.

Notre Dame has actually blown 24 point leads before. Most recently in happened in 1991 with the Irish collapsing at home against Tennessee after leading 31-7 before halftime.

The more famous of the happenings however was in 1974 when USC, led by Anthony Davis, overcame a 24-0 deficit to torch the Irish 55-24.

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