Thursday, August 09, 2007

Harry Oliver, RIP

Harry Oliver beat Michigan on a last-second, 51-yard field goal on September 20, 1980. I was at at that game, sitting three rows from the top at Notre Dame Stadium right on the goal line. Oliver lined up for the kick, the 15-mph headwind fell still, and he hit the ball. The stadium fell silent as the ball toppled end over end, end over end, surely falling short... and clearing the crossbar by maybe three inches. And the stadium exploded.

"It's probably what's going to go on my tombstone instead of when I was born or when I died," he said during the 2004 interview. "It's going to be, 'September 20, 1980. Notre Dame 29, Michigan 27.'"
Harry Oliver died yesterday of cancer at the age of 47. Godspeed.


Anonymous said...

Hey Boltgirl, my husband was at that very same game too! He was a student at ND at the time and was covering the game for the Scholastic. We re-ran the piece on his blog in remembrance of Harry Oliver. Thought you might like to read it.

Thanks for your post. I enjoyed it!

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