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The Band of the Fighting Irish, well known for its intricate formations, spells out "IRISH" for the crowd at the 1936 rematch between Notre Dame and Ohio State.

The Band of the Fighting Irish, well known for its intricate formations, spells out "IRISH" for the crowd at the 1936 rematch between Notre Dame and Ohio State.


After the thrilling 18-13 victory by Notre Dame at Columbus in 1935, the Buckeyes traveled to South Bend in '36 for the rematch. The following account of the game is from The Notre Dame Football Scrapbook. (1977)

IRISH BEAT BUCKEYES IN THRILLING GAME BY 7-2 SCORE

By Al Bride

 

The largest crowd ever to push its way into the local stadium witnessed an alert Notre Dame team triumph 7-2 over the tricky ball-handling outfit from Ohio State. Led by California's speedy "Bunny" McCormick and the hard driving sophmore fullback Simonich the Fighting Irish dominated the Ohioans in every department.

Rain which showered at intervals did not dim the enthusiasm of the capacity crowd which was brought to its feet in the closing minutes by a determined Ohio State drive that was reminiscent of last year's contest. Taking the ball deep in its own territroy Ohio State passed its way to the Irish 12 yard line before losing the ball on two incomplete passes into the endzone.

Ohio State scored first capitalizing on a fumble early in the second period. From near his own goal line Miller, on a fake kick, broke through the line only to lose the ball when he was tackled hard by the Scarlet secondary. Ohio State registered a first down, but was then stopped with a touchdown in sight. A safety was good for two points, and the Irish were trailing 2-0.

After an exchange of kicks the Laydenmen started to move. A pass to McCormick was good on the two yard line, and on the next play McCormick started swiftly over tackle, and dashed into the end zone for a touchdown. Wojcihovski was rushed in to hold the ball for Danbom, who booted a perfect placement to make the score 7-2.

The second half found Ohio State using every trick in its "razzle dazzle" in an attempt to break loose for a score, but the hard charging Irish line broke up most of the  plays before they could get under way. In the closing minutes red shirted receivers managed in elude the Notre Dame secondary, and several completed passes brought the ball to the Irish 12 line. In a desperate attempt to score before the gun went off the Ohioans threw two passes into the endzone, both of which were incomplete. According to the new rules Notre Dame received the ball, and for the remaining seconds they held on to it.

One of the features of the game was the performance of Simonich. This husky 200 pounder was given his chance and he came through in a manner that ought to give the other fullbacks something to worry about. Time after time he crashed through the powerful Ohio line for gains. When not advancing the ball through sheer power this second year man. was clearing the way with some of the best blocking displayed by an Irish player to date.

 

 

 

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