Notre Dame will play at Clemson for the first time since 1977 when the Irish came to Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015. The ACC and the University of Notre Dame announced the dates of Notre Dame’s games with ACC schools for the 2014-16 seasons on Friday.
The last time the two schools met at Clemson took place on November 12, 1977 when a pair of top 15 football teams met in Clemson’s Death Valley. A fifth-ranked Notre Dame football team led by Joe Montana, defeated a 15th-ranked Clemson team led by Steve Fuller, 21-17. Both quarterbacks went on to be on Super Bowl winning teams in the NFL.
Notre Dame went on to win the 1977 National Championship. Notre Dame won seven of its last eight games that year by at least 24 points, including a 38-10 win over number-one ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl. The only close game the Irish had was the four-point decision at Clemson, a game Clemson led 17-7 entering the fourth period. Thirty-six players in that game went on to play in the NFL.
Clemson came back to win at Notre Dame two years later, 16-10. It was just the second time in the last 40 years (1940-79) that Notre Dame’s seniors lost their last home game. Billy Lott scored a touchdown late in the game on a 26-yard run to give Clemson the win and overcome a 10-0 deficit.
Danny Ford led Clemson to that victory as head coach of the Tigers. Thirty-one-years old at the time, Ford is still the second youngest coach and the youngest since 1934, to beat Notre Dame in Notre Dame Stadium.