The Eagles hoped they would be similarly gladdened by their visit to South Bend. The game looked to be an intriguing match between two Top 10 teams that happen to be the only Catholic universities that play Division I-A football. Boston College, 7-0-1 heading into the game, was having its first winning season in five years and its best start since 1942. The Eagles' defense was ranked seventh in the nation, their offense sixth. But Notre Dame, 6-1-1 and out of the national-championship picture at this stage of the season for the first time in six years, had three clear objectives on Saturday: to earn a major bowl bid, to uphold the Irish reputation and to secure Catholic bragging rights.
There was no disguising Notre Dame's irritation at the fact that BC was suddenly considered its peer. The Eagle players—not their Irish counterparts—had gotten most of the attention during the week. Boston College tailback Chuckie Dukes was getting Heisman mention for his seven straight 100-plus rushing games, while Notre Dame tailback Reggie Brooks was being ignored.
The Irish took out their frustrations by dealing the Eagles one of the worst losses in their history. In all, Notre Dame rolled up 576 yards of total offense, Brooks rushed for 174 yards, and quarterback Rick Mirer threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. The Irish scored on their first five possessions and led 37-0 at the half. "This is as bad as it gets," Eagle quarterback Glenn Foley said afterward. "They just whipped us."
The Eagles—as well as the Jay-hawks—would do well to remember that index card on Mason's desk and put the loss out of their minds lest the memory become a self-fulfilling prophecy. After all, next Saturday there's another game.