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25 Years Ago Today

Oct 15, 2013, 12:45 PM EST

On Oct. 15, 1988, #1 Miami marched into South Bend with a 36-game regular season winning streak to face #4 Notre Dame in one of the most highly anticipated games in college football history.

In a contest that most certainly lived up to the hype, the Fighting Irish knocked off the defending national champions, 31-30, on the way to a 12-0 season and a title of their own.

During last season’s celebration of 125 years of Notre Dame football, Fighting Irish Digital Media featured the game in four videos on 125.nd.edu leading up to the Shamrock Series game against the Hurricanes.

On this anniversary of the legendary victory, below is a look back at the pre-game hype, head coach Lou Holtz‘s locker room speech, Steve Belles’ (’89) fake punt stop, and Pat Terrell’s (’90) game-saving pass breakup.

This weekend, more than 50 members of that 1988 team will return to campus to celebrate 25 years since their national championship season. Make sure to follow @NDMonogram on Twitter, where we’ll have more from the reunion festivities.

And as an added bonus, here’s the broadcast open from CBS.

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