Remember the post from back in August when I surprised my husband with tickets to a Notre Dame football game (something he’s wanted to do since he was a kid!) for his birthday? Well, this past weekend was the game! And boy, was it worth all of the money and miles.
On Friday afternoon, we headed north on our journey. We made a pit stop in Indianapolis to eat dinner and meet up with a good friend of mine from high school. I love getting to catch up with friends I don’t get to see very often. We had fun at dinner and then enjoyed walking around the downtown area, exploring for a bit before getting back on the road.
We arrived safely at our hotel in Kokomo, IN and called it a night since we knew it’d be a long day ahead. Seven AM on Saturday morning came too quick, but we were so excited that we didn’t care if we were tired. We got ready and made our way 90 miles up the road to the University of Notre Dame. Game day on ND’s campus is something everyone should experience. It’s incredible how much school spirit and tradition is on that campus.
We spent the morning walking around and taking in the beauty of the campus. For those of you who don’t know my husband, he is not only a ND fan, but a Rudy fan as well. If you haven’t seen the movie, watch it sometime. It’s a classic. With that being said, we just had to get a picture of the bench where Rudy read his acceptance letter to ND. Now we can sleep peacefully at night knowing we’ve been to that exact location. Thank the Lord.
Once we were done sight-seeing, we lined up along the sidewalk leading to the stadium to watch the band proceed into the game. I didn’t realize this before, but Notre Dame had the first University marching band. I guess that’s why it is such a large band and very well-respected on campus. We made it to our seats and could immediately feel the excitement in the stadium.
The first three quarters didn’t go so well. We thought Pitt was going to hand us our first loss of the season and that was not going over well with the fans. All of the excitement from before the game was replaced with frustration and anger. But just when we thought it was over for Notre Dame’s perfect season, things started to turn around. We were down by 14 points in the 4th quarter, but out of nowhere the defense stepped it up and the offensive was actually able to do something with the ball. We came back to tie up the game 20-20 with no time left in the game, thus sending us into overtime. Oh, but not just one OT; not just two, but THREE overtimes later we WON! It was such an emotional rollercoaster of a game. There were multiple times where we thought for sure Pitt was going to win or vise-versa. Finally our quarterback ran it in for the final touchdown of the game, putting us ahead 29-26. ND is now 9-0, ranked #4 in the nation.
As we walked out of the stadium, the entire crowd was chanting “undefeated!” over and over again. It was such a fun atmosphere and I can’t imagine a better game and outcome to attend. We most definitely got our money’s worth for those tickets. Good memories!
After the game we stopped at a pizza place before heading to our hotel half-way between South Bend and Chicago, IL.
Sunday morning brought cold temperatures and breezy weather. Windy city is an understatement for Chicago. It was fun exploring the town with my husband, because he had never been there. We knew we had a six-hour drive ahead of us, so we only stayed in the city for about four hours before finally making the journey home.
We were blessed with safe travels, great weather, and some amazing memories. So thankful. Praise be to God!