It had been the case for almost three years—at least when the Irish uniform was white. Since a 35-13 loss at Penn State in November 1991, Notre Dame had won 16 straight games on the road. And not since 1987 again in Happy Valley, had the Irish lost an away game to an unranked team. "Louie is Zeus, and Notre Dame is a mythological giant," said Eagle coach Dan Henning before Saturday's game, but his players were having none of it. "We knew if we could do our jobs, we'd drop the hammer on them," said junior defensive end Mike Mamula.
Still, early in the fourth quarter the Eagles were ahead 24-3 and, thus, right where Notre Dame wanted them. BC had entered the final period last year with a 21-point lead and squandered that. This time when Irish tailback Randy Kinder scored on a 15-yard run and quarterback Ron Powlus hooked up with Derrick Mayes for the two-point conversion, narrowing the Eagle lead to 24-11, 11:59 remained. "Were we worried?" asked BC linebacker Stephen Boyd. "Not with this defense." Especially not with Mamula, who sacked Powlus twice and spearheaded a front seven that hounded him into a 5-for-21, two-interception performance.
BC's win further heated up a rivalry that is as amicable as it is fervent, witness the public-address announcement in the game's waning moments. It was an invitation unlike any other to be heard in Division I-A: "There will be a Mass after the game in Gasson Hall at four o'clock...followed by cocktails at 5:45."