remember when

Remember When - The Chicken Soup Game

On New Year’s Day 1979, Notre Dame and Houston met in the 43rd Cotton Bowl Classic following a brutal winter storm in Dallas. Though the Fighting Irish jumped out to a 12-0 lead, the Cougars scored the next 20 and held an eight-point lead at halftime. Fighting the flu and struggling to stay warm, quarterback Joe Montana (’79) stayed in the locker room when the team returned to the field, while the medical staff covered him with blankets and fed him chicken soup. Houston added two more touchdowns, and the outlook looked bleak for the Fighting Irish. But Montana returned and Notre Dame scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to pull off a 35-34 victory. To this day, it remains one of the greatest comebacks in college football history.