I'd love to hear people's memories of this game, whether you traveled to South Bend or watched it elsewhere. This game ranks just under Judgment Day / 97 Penn State for it's pure epicness, highly anticipated, expecting-nail-biting-but-became-a-blowout-win.
I can still remember the hesitation going in to this game just because of all the flukey, stupid things that had happened to Michigan in that stadium - (a pass thrown into the stands being flagged for interference setting up a miracle FG, a ND QB dropping the football at the 2 yard line and getting rewarded a TD, a ref using an index card to measure for a Michigan first down, tipped passes, well timed fumbles and anything else you can think of going ND's way)... and then I wondered to myself, wouldn't it be great if for once we didn't have all that shit and instead just blew them out of their own stadium from the first quarter on like so many other teams had been doing for years at that point?
The ND hype machine - always undeserving but on overdrive at that point - ranked #2 because they blew out a so/so Penn State team, Brady Quinn Heisman to be, National Champs to be (no this time we mean it!), coached by Hugh Jass Charlie Weiss... and in the end: Henne to Manningham, Henne to Manningham, Henne to Manningham, sack Quinn, sack Quinn, sack Quinn, Irish toolbag fan flipping the bird to Steve Breaston in the end zone... it remains one of the most epic and memorable blowouts EVER.
I could literally not stop smiling the rest of the weekend. Once Michigan went up 27-7, I did something I never thought I would do, I unmuted the TV to listen to the NBC homer announcers and not even they could put a positive spin on this game...and these were the same guys that could spin ANYTHING, like in the 90's when ND was playing a bad game against Stanford and the announcers told the viewers that the Irish players had been studying all week for midterms and couldn't practice as much...because, you know, ND is the only college that has midterms.
So anyway, I loved this game. And I'd love to hear your memories of it.