History of "Catholics vs. Convicts' From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The 1988 Notre Dame vs. Miami football game (known colloquially as Catholics vs. Convicts)[2] was a college football game played between the Miami Hurricanes of the University of Miami and the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame on October 15, 1988, at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. Both the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes came into the game undefeated. Notre Dame won the closely contested game 31–30.

The phrase "Catholics vs. Convicts", a T-shirt slogan created prior to the matchup by Notre Dame students and friends Joe Frederick, Michael Caponigro, and Pat Walsh was reported by the press. The shirt was displayed on a pre-game promo with Brett Mussberger saying he had never anticipated a college game as much. The slogan was a play on Notre Dame's Catholic image and Miami's roster of flamboyant football players. Before the 1988 season, two players from the Miami team were arrested and their scholarships taken away. These arrests were highly publicized and added to the development of the moniker.[4][5]

The two teams met on October 15, 1988 in South Bend, Indiana. Both teams were undefeated going into the game. Miami, the defending national champions. The game, which was preceded by a pregame fight between the two teams in the entrance tunnel, was named by USA Today as one of the greatest college football games of the period 1982–2002.[6] A 2005 poll conducted by the University of Notre Dame, the 31–30 win over Miami was voted the Greatest Victory in Notre Dame Stadium history.[13] Miami fans have adopted the "Convicts" title for their own use. At a 2017 Notre Dame-Miami game, a Hurricanes fan held up a sign stating "I'm Catholic but Today I'm a CONVICT