What Unholy thoughts must have occupied the minds of the players on Notre Dame's field goal defense unit upon seeing kicker David Gordon line up for a 33-yard attempt with Boston College trailing 3-0 early in the second quarter last Saturday in the Eagles' Alumni Stadium?
That pipsqueak stole our national title?
It's not roughing the kicker if you black the kick?
Watch out for the fake?
"We knew they were dying to block it after last year," said Boston College sophomore Matt Hasselbeck, who, in his only collegiate play so far, lined up as Gordon's holder, then ran eight yards for a first down, providing the leap of faith that fueled BC's 30-11 thrashing of the Irish.
"Football's a game of momentum," said Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz. "The momentum stayed one way after that."
Unlike last November's wild game in South Bend—which ended up 41-39 on a 41-yard Gordon boot as time expired, an outcome that toppled the Irish from their No. 1 ranking—Holy War '94 will not be remembered for one play. Though the fake field goal (code-named Leprechaun) led to a touchdown one play later, the fake simply served notice that on this day the Eagles were the better team. "What gets assumed is that when somebody puts on an ND uniform, he's a better football player," said BC offensive tackle Pete Kendall. "That's not necessarily the case."