Sept. 11, 2014
University of Notre Dame football fans have been spending Thursday nights reminiscing about some of their team’s greatest moments and share the experiences with fellow Irish fans around the world through the school’s “Thursday Night Classics presented by TireRack.com” streamed live at WatchND. After a pair of memorable wins over Michigan to begin the series, the show returns tonight with a look back at the first Shamrock Series game, a dominating 40-14 win over Washington State in 2009.
The Irish outgained the Cougars, 592-206. Golden Tate had 141 all-purpose yards and a pair of scores and Robert Hughes ran for 131 yards and a touchdown while Jimmy Clausen completed 22 of 27 passes for 268 yards and a pair of TDs.
Made possible by the University recently regaining control of archival NBC game telecasts, the series reflect a unique partnership between Fighting Irish Digital Media (FIDM) and the innovative social media specialists from SpredFast. The interactive WatchND webpage will filter Twitter activity using the hashtag #NDFBClassics. The viewing screen will even include a leaderboard to see which fans engage the deepest through retweets and other social interactions on a weekly basis.
The social media-enhanced classic game streams will be only available live and not in an on-demand format in an effort to help bring Irish fans together globally for a shared viewing experience.
“Thursday Night Classics” will air at 8 p.m. ET the Thursday of each football game week in 2014 with many of the upcoming editions also featuring exclusive commentary from participants in that game. Like the team, “Thursday Night Classics” will have a bye week next week before returning on Sept. 25. In two weeks, the show will revisit the 1998 LSU game, a 39-36 Irish victory.