ND alums from Oregon celebrate Irish journey to #1

By: Barbara Harrington Email
By: Barbara Harrington Email

It is a moment Irish fans everywhere will never forget.

“We kind of figured it out when Stanford kicked the winning field goal against Oregon. That was super exciting. We were going crazy, and that’s basically when we knew,” said Oregon resident Patrick Quinn. “We were watching Baylor beat K State and then we saw the Oregon game and we were all jumping up and down.”

But you might be surprised to find out some of the folks jumping up and down actually live in Oregon.

“My wife and I graduated in 1989. We've since moved out to Portland Oregon and it will be great going back to Oregon to see some of those Oregon fans and to know that Notre Dame kind of bumped them out of the top spot,” said Notre Dame graduate Jerry Quinn. “I'm probably going to laugh and say ‘Notre Dame's number one, Oregon’s not going to play for a BCS championship’”

Those Irish faithfuls were among hundreds who stopped by campus Sunday night to see something they have been waiting for for years: a number one sign illuminated on the top of grace hall -- this time for football.

“We were spoiled when Holtz was here. He just provided a standard we were trying to get back to,” said Notre Dame graduate Jerry Quinn. “Notre Dame hasn't been too good for the last few years, so it's good to get up top, especially number one”.

And despite all of the hype surrounding Saturday's game against USC, Irish fans are confident that this symbol of the team's success will be glowing into next week.

“I think it's destiny, to win against Pitt the way we did, to win against Stanford the way we did, and then to have everything go our way last night. We still have some work to do against USC and obviously another game after that. I just think this is our year,” said

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