7. 1975 Orange Bowl: Notre Dame - 13, Alabama - 11
This victory was the final one for legendary Fighting Irish coach, Ara Parseghian. He was victorious in defeat of famed coach, Paul Bear Bryant. Notre Dame came into this match-up as 11.5 point underdogs ranked 9th in the country. The Fighting Irish defense carried this game for Notre Dame only allowing 285 yards of total offense. For the second straight year, Alabama’s national title hopes were dashed by the Irish. Parseghian called this win the best of his career.
8. 1970 Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame - 24, Texas - 11
The Fighting Irish were led by quarterback Joe Theismann’s two rushing touchdowns and one in the air. He threw 16 passes for 176 yards. Jim Yoder led the Irish in receiving yards that day with 96 yards. The defense willed the Fighting Irish to victory by forcing 5 turnovers. This win marked the first Irish bowl win in 46 years.
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9. 1994 Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame - 24, Texas A&M - 21
The Fighting Irish took out their revenge on Texas A&M by squeezing out a victory. The Irish ranked 4th after falling to Boston College in the final game of the year. They had hoped a strong showing in Dallas would help the team claim its 12th national championship. Notre Dame running back Lee Becton paced the Irish with 138 yards rushing.
10. 1992 Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame - 39, Florida - 28
The Fighting Irish were 9-3 and ranked 18th in the nation in a surprising invite to the bowl. They faced a fearsome foe in a third ranked Florida, coached by Steve Spurrier. The Irish at the half found themselves trailing the Gators 16-7 with only 34 yards in total rushing. In the locker room, coach Lou Holtz gave a fiery speech that fired up his players and pushed them to victory. Notre Dame finished the game with 279 yards on the ground. Jerome Bettis’s 150 yards led all runners. The Gators vaulted offense had the ball in the Irish 20 yard line seven times and could only muster two touchdowns.
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