Irish end Hurricanes winning streak at 36

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:32 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 15, 1988

Kirk Gibson's home run pushes the Notre Dame-Miami game from today's lead sports story. Tensions are high at Notre Dame, and before the game even starts, a brawl in the tunnel leading to the field develops between players on the two undefeated teams.

Seven Miami turnovers, including a controversial one at the Notre Dame goal line with seven minutes left, help the No. 4-ranked Irish build leads of 21-7 and 31-21. Miami quarterback Steve Walsh's fourth touchdown pass of the game cuts the deficit to 31-30 with 45 seconds left. Jimmy Johnson, coach of the top-ranked Hurricanes, goes for the victory. But safety Pat Terrell bats away Walsh's pass on the two-point conversion attempt to end Miami's 36-game regular-season winning streak.

The Irish will go on to win the national championship with a 12-0 record, while Miami will finish No. 2 at 11-1.