Much like last week against Wake Forest, it is difficult to write a Tradition Tuesday blog about this Saturday's opponent, the University of Maryland. Like the Demon Deacons, the Terrapins, who have been playing football since 1892, are in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Despite playing college football for nearly as long as Notre Dame, the Terps and the Irish have only met once, in 2002 at Giants Stadium for the Kickoff Classic.
Notre Dame controlled that game, shutting out Maryland, 22-0. In the third quarter, Vontez Duff returned a punt 76 yards for the only touchdown of the game. Kicker Nick Setta connected on five field goals for the Irish, leading head coach Ty Willingham to a victory in his first game at Notre Dame.
This week's Shamrock Series game will be played at FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins. In 1998, Notre Dame met Navy on the same field, which was then known as Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. Behind Autry Denson's two touchdowns and 107 rushing yards, the Fighting Irish dominated the Midshipmen, 30-0. In that game, Denson eclipsed Allen Pinkett's career total to become Notre Dame's all-time leading rusher, a mark that still stands today.
Though Notre Dame does not have much of a football history with this week's opponent or the Washington, D.C. area, the university has a rich and storied history with our nation's government and military, a point that is especially significant given that Veteran's Day is this weekend.We will have more on Saturday's Shamrock Series game, as well as Notre Dame's tradition with the United States military, so be sure to check back to Irish UNDerground throughout the week.
- Josh Flynt ('11)