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by Ivan Maisel

Notre Dame Sports Information

#29
FAINTING IRISH

South Bend, Ind. | Nov. 21, 1953

With :06 to play, and No. 1 Notre Dame stalled inside the Iowa 10, trailing 14-7, Irish tackle Frank Varrichione happened to suffer an injury. The clock stopped, and Notre Dame salvaged the tie on the extra play. The NCAA reprimanded coach Frank Leahy and outlawed fake injuries. Worse, the voters dropped the No. 1 "Fainting Irish" to No. 2 and kept them there.