Aug. 6, 2009
It is the signature moment of Tom Zbikowski's outstanding career at Notre Dame. It was a game-changing moment in the classic Notre Dame - USC battle in 2005.
The Irish and Trojans had battled back and forth throughout the first half as each team posted 14 points. When a USC punt ended up in Zbikowski's hands, the entire scope of the game changed and momentum shifted to the home team...
The game ended up in the loss column for the Irish, but 'Zibby's' kick return will long be remembered by the Notre Dame faithful.
When und.com launched its redesigned site on July 8, 2009, we asked for Irish fans to vote for the top plays of the Charlie Weis era. After close to 13,000 votes, Notre Dame fans have determined the top 10 plays since 2005 - and we will be unveiling them one at a time over the next 10 business days until fall football practice begins on Aug. 8.
The punt return against USC by Tom Zbikowski is #2 on the list - check back tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 7, as we unveil #1 and have the first press conference of the 2009 season from Coach Weis live right here on und.com.
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #3 - Quinn Puts Notre Dame Ahead
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #4 - Lambert Caps Comeback
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #5 - Samardzija Over the Shoulder
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #6 - Pass Right
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #7 - Clausen and Tate Beat the Clock
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #8 - Grimes Makes Catch for the Ages
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #9 - The Lateral Play
Greatest Plays of the Weis Era - #10 - Allen Ends Kick Return Drought