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|Boston College vs. Notre Dame|
|Teams||Boston College Eagles
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
|Series||Notre Dame leads 12-9|
|Longest Streak||Boston College, 6 (2001–2008)|
|Trophy||Ireland Trophy, Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl|
The Holy War is an American college football rivalry between the Boston College Eagles football team of Boston College and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team of the University of Notre Dame. The series derives its name from the fact that the Eagles and the Fighting Irish represent the only two Roman Catholic universities in the United States which still compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the highest level of competition in American college football.
Although football at both universities dates to the 19th century, the series itself is relatively young. Boston College and Notre Dame first met on the gridiron on September 15, 1975, in a game held at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts. Since then, the two schools have met a total of 20 times, including a match-up in the 1983 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. An annual series was held from 1992–2004 and after a two-season hiatus the rivalry has resumed for the 2007-2012 seasons and it will continue for the 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 seasons. Notre Dame leads the overall series 12-9.
The future of the series had been in question for several years after Boston College left the Big East for the ACC and the Big East asked Notre Dame to add at least three Big East schools each year to its football schedule, but on June, 8, 2010, it was announced that the series would continue.
While the "Holy War" moniker dates to the first contest between the two schools in 1975 and has become popularized in the sports media, the rivalry has also acquired a number of other nicknames over the years. These include the "Vatican Bowl", the "Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl", and the "Jesuit Invitational". Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a Notre Dame alumna, referenced the rivalry using the "Holy War" moniker during a 2006 commencement address at BC's Alumni Stadium.
|Boston College victories||Notre Dame victories|
|Date||Site||Away team||Home team||Series||Notes|
|September 15, 1975||Foxboro Stadium||Notre Dame||17||Boston College||3||ND 1-0|
|December 29, 1983||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium||Notre Dame||19||(13) Boston College||18||ND 2-0||1983 Liberty Bowl|
|November 7, 1987||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||25||(9) Notre Dame||32||ND 3-0|
|November 7, 1992||Notre Dame Stadium||(9) Boston College||7||(8) Notre Dame||54||ND 4-0||Largest victory margin of series.
The movie Rudy was filmed during halftime
|November 20, 1993||Notre Dame Stadium||(17) Boston College||41||(1) Notre Dame||39||ND 4-1||Eagles' first win of the series comes against AP #1 ND|
|October 8, 1994||Alumni Stadium||(8) Notre Dame||11||Boston College||30||ND 4-2|
|October 28, 1995||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||10||(12) Notre Dame||20||ND 5-2|
|November 9, 1996||Alumni Stadium||(17) Notre Dame||48||Boston College||21||ND 6-2|
|October 25, 1997||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||20||Notre Dame||52||ND 7-2|
|November 7, 1998||Alumni Stadium||(13) Notre Dame||31||Boston College||26||ND 8-2|
|November 20, 1999||Notre Dame Stadium||(25) Boston College||31||Notre Dame||29||ND 8-3||This loss solidified Irish absence from a bowl game|
|November 11, 2000||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||16||(11) Notre Dame||28||ND 9-3|
|October 27, 2001||Alumni Stadium||Notre Dame||17||Boston College||21||ND 9-4|
|November 2, 2002||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||14||(4) Notre Dame||7||ND 9-5||
BC goes 2-0 against top 5 ranked Irish teams
|October 25, 2003||Alumni Stadium||Notre Dame||25||Boston College||27||ND 9-6|
|October 23, 2004||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||24||(24) Notre Dame||23||ND 9-7|
|October 13, 2007||Notre Dame Stadium||(4) Boston College||27||Notre Dame||14||ND 9-8|
|November 8, 2008||Alumni Stadium||Notre Dame||0||Boston College||17||Tied 9-9||Only shutout of the series ties the series for BC|
|October 24, 2009||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||16||Notre Dame||20||ND 10-9||ND's win ends six-game winless streak in the series.|
|October 2, 2010||Alumni Stadium||Notre Dame||31||Boston College||13||ND 11-9|
|November 19, 2011||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||14||(24) Notre Dame||16||ND 12-9|
|November 10, 2012||Alumni Stadium||Notre Dame||Boston College|
|2015 †||Alumni Stadium||Notre Dame||Boston College|
|2016 †||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||Notre Dame|
|2018 †||Notre Dame Stadium||Boston College||Notre Dame|
|2019 †||Alumni Stadium||Notre Dame||Boston College|
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Since their first meeting in 1975, the Fighting Irish and the Eagles have generated some memorable moments in only 32 years. The teams played each season from 1992 until 2004. Over the course of 18 games, here are some of the more memorable ones:
The Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl is a trophy, in the form of a large cut-crystal bowl, given to the winner of the Boston College-Notre Dame football game. It is named after the legendary Frank Leahy, who was the head coach at both schools. The award is presented to the winning team at the conclusion of the game by members of the Notre Dame Club of Boston.
The Ireland Trophy, created by the Notre Dame student government in 1994, is presented annually "as a token of goodwill, camaraderie and friendly rivalry" to the winner of the game.
On November 2, 2005, Notre Dame announced that because it had agreed to a request from the Big East to play teams from that conference each season, it would suspend the Boston College series following the 2010 season. Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese said the conference made the request after Boston College, Miami, and Virginia Tech withdrew from the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, on February 6, 2007, BC Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo stated “The Notre Dame contract calls for two games at Notre Dame, in 2007 and 2009, and two games in Boston, in 2008 and 2010. We have been in discussions with Notre Dame concerning additional games and I am very hopeful that we will be able to announce something in the near future.” ESPN commentators during the 2008 game suggested that the two universities were trying to find a way to renew the rivalry after 2010.
On June 8, 2010, the Boston Herald quoted Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo stating "“Jack Swarbrick and I agreed that since Boston College and Notre Dame are the only Catholic institutions that play Division 1-A football, we should continue to play each other over a period of years."
Boston College is scheduled to host the Fighting Irish at Alumni Stadium in 2012, 2015 and 2019.
The Eagles will travel to Notre Dame, Indiana, to play Notre Dame in 2011, 2016 and 2018.
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