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This day in college football history: Notre Dame “Faking” Irish?

This day in 1953

Unbeaten Notre Dame is accused of faking injuries to secure a 14–14 tie against Iowa at South Bend. Poised at the Iowa 11-yard line and trailing 7–0 as time winds down at the end of the first half, the Irish have no way of stopping the clock, but tackle Frank Varrichione is sprawled on the field and a timeout is called by the officials with two seconds left. On the next play, quarterback Ralph Guglielmi hits Dan Shannon with a TD pass and the score is 7–7. Trailing 14–7 at the Iowa nine-yard line with less than 30 seconds left in the game, Notre Dame again has no timeouts but stops the clock with another two “injuries.” After two incomplete passes, Guglielmi hits Shannon with another score and the game ends in a tie.

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