College Football: Bombs & Squeaks


"These are the worst hours of my life," groaned Notre Dame Coach Ara Parseghian the night before his undefeated Irish took the field against North Carolina's Tar Heels. Notre Dame was favored by 25 points, but Parseghian was worried about the 18-year-old lad who had given him that edge: Sophomore Quarterback Terry Hanratty.

During practice that day, Hanratty had pulled a tendon in the fabulous passing arm that had spiraled the Irish to three straight victories and No. 2 ranking in the nation. With Hanratty unable to connect with Sophomore End Jim Seymour in their dazzling game of catch, the...

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