I will have more than a passing interest in this 30 for 30. I covered the 1988 national champs for the Chicago Tribune. Notre Dame’s 31-30 win over Miami ranks among the top 5 games I ever covered.
Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune with the details on the upcoming film:
Tuesday they’ll be at the home of Holtz, and later interviewing former Miami quarterback Steve Walsh, Rice’s counterpart in the epic 31-30 Irish upset at ND Stadium that slingshotted ND from the No. 4 spot in the polls to a stranglehold on No. 1 they would not relinquish in 1988.
“It’s like asking someone who’s driving coast to coast, ‘How is you cross-country road trip going?’ And you haven’t even left Maine yet,” said Creadon, the project’s director.
Like Creadon, Jerry Barca was in the stadium that day. One of the producers on the project and the author of “Unbeatable,” Barca was just 11 years old at the time, but he convinced his parents to let him fly by himself from New Jersey and stay for the weekend with his older brother, an ND student at the time.
“I don’t think there will ever be anything like it in college football again,” he said of the intensity of the rivalry between the two then-independents, a game that actually exceeded the pregame hype and the bravado and dominance Miami brought to the table before and just after.