Irish, Wildcats to play a pair

Northwestern announces a home-and-home series with Notre Dame, the first of two to be played in the 2014 season.

They first met in 1889 and last in 1995, the latter serving as an epic, season-opening upset that shook college football royalty and sent the No. 9 ranked Irish plummeting down the polls.

Northwestern and Notre Dame, two Universities separated by a mere 77 miles, will renew their rivalry beginning in the 2014 season with a November 15 matchup in South Bend.

Northwestern director of athletics Jim Phillips announced the series' renewal on ESPN radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning show Thursday morning.

"This is really an exciting time for Chicago's Big Ten team as we continue to upgrade our future non-conference schedule," said Phillips. "With schools such as Boston College, California, Syracuse and Vanderbilt visiting Ryan Field in future years, combined with the addition of Nebraska to our division in the Big Ten, there's no better time to be a Wildcat football fan.

"We're excited about this series and having Notre Dame make its first visit to Evanston since 1976. Northwestern and Notre Dame represent two of the finest academic institutions in the nation, and it's only fitting that we renew our rivalry on the football field."

According to a release courtesy the Northwestern athletics department, the Wildcats have secured an additional number of visiting team tickets for the 2014 contest in South Bend. Northwestern reminds its fan base that tickets to away games are only available to NU football season ticket holders and NU Athletic Department donors. All away games are assigned according to the Wildcat Priority Point System.

The team's will meet again at Northwestern's Ryan Field during the 2018 season.

The Irish and Wildcats have met on 47 occasions with the Irish holding a decisive 37-8-2 advantage. Northwestern's aforementioned 1995 upset of the Irish propelled the Wildcats to a 9-2 regular season record, a share of the Big 10 Title, and a Rose Bowl appearance vs. the USC Trojans.

Current Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald starred at linebacker for his alma mater in the '95 shocker in South Bend. It was Northwestern's first win over the Irish since 1962 and dropped the then-No. 9 Irish to No. 25 in the following week's Associated Press poll. Notre Dame rebounded to win nine of its next ten contests and earn a berth in the Orange Bowl to conclude the 1995 season.


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