Get ready for some Sunday night Notre Dame football.
Slated as the second part of the home-and-home series with Texas on Saturday, Sept. 3, national television has beckoned once again and the Irish and Longhorns have answered the call.
Notre Dame and Texas will kick off the 2016 season on Sunday night, Sept. 4 – Labor Day weekend -- with the exact starting time to be determined. The game will be played at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.
“A game of the magnitude of Notre Dame-Texas, played on the opening weekend of the college football season, deserves a special place on the Labor Day sports calendar,” said Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick in a released statement.
“With this move, we have secured that place and by doing so are providing a greater opportunity for fans of college football to enjoy what is sure to be another great game in a classic rivalry that dates back to 1913.”
Notre Dame’s last trip to play the Longhorns in Austin was in 1996 when the No. 9-ranked Irish defeated the No. 6-rated Longhorns, 27-24, on a 39-yard field goal by Jim Sanson as time expired.
Current Texas head coach Charlie Strong was on the winning side that day as the defensive line coach for the Fighting Irish in Lou Holtz’s 11th and final season as head coach of Notre Dame.