- Aug 15, 2011
Joe Petrowski drives a nail through the heart of every Syracuse fan's heart with this winning field goal attempt that should never have been. George Sefick is the holder
Tomorrow evening at Drumlins, Syracuse native, the Right Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh is going to be inducted into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame.
As you may or may not recall Father Hesburgh was the president of Notre Dame on November 18, 1961 when the Fightin Irish defeated Syracuse 17-15 after a controversial call gave them a second chance for a field goal.
JFK even went so far as to ask him publicly if he was going to give the game back to Syracuse. Of course he did not and thus developed Syracuse's original contempt for all things Notre Dame. To this day that score remains in the books as a defeat for the Orangemen and our record has forever stood at 8-3 when it should read 9-2.
As I recall, it also cost us a more prestigious bowl than the Liberty in Philadelphia.
Ironically, the Ernie Davis led Orangemen beat Miami by 15-14, the same score we should have beaten Notre Dame by four weeks earlier. In that game on December 16, Davis rushed for 140 yards and scored 1 TD and was named MVP.
I believe there was a misapplication of the rules not described here
A description of what happened on that criical call
His HOF Bio
Born in Syracuse in 1917, the Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, a graduate of Most Holy Rosary grade school and high school, rose to perhaps the most visible position in all of college academics - president of the University of Notre Dame. Named to that position in 1952, Rev. Hesburgh served in that capacity for 35 years, which was, at that time, the longest tenure among active presidents of American institutions of higher learning. He has been serving as President Emeritus since 1987 with an office on campus at the Hesburgh Library. An all-male school when Father Hesburgh became president, the Irish competed in nine varsity sports. Notre Dame became coeducational in 1972, requiring the school to institute a female athletics program through Title IX requirements. During his leadership at Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh oversaw the evolution of the school's athletic program. Twelve new sports were added, including wrestling, swimming, hockey, soccer and lacrosse for men, while creating tennis, fencing, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, swimming and cross country for women. Under his presidency, the Fighting Irish won nine national championships, including three in football and one in women's fencing. In 1960 he approved construction of the Athletic and Convocation Center, now known as the Joyce Center. Father Hesburgh was named founding Co-Chair of the
Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in 1989, a position he held until 2000. In addition to his long-term support and involvement in athletics, Father Hesburgh has been a champion of public service, having advised presidents and popes.