American Football Database
1975 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Notre Dame 7 6 0 0 13
University of Alabama 0 3 0 8 11
Date January 1, 1975
Season 1974
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
MVP Wayne Bullock, Notre Dame FB
Attendance 71,801
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Jim Simpson and John Brodie
Orange Bowl
 < 1974  1976

The 1975 Orange Bowl, part of the 1974 bowl game season, took place on January 1, 1975, at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, competing as a football independent. In a game dominated by both defenses, Notre Dame was victorious by a final score of 13–11.



The 1974 Alabama squad finished the regular season with an 11–0 record and as conference champions. Following their victory over Mississippi State, Orange Bowl officials announced Alabama accepted an invitation to play in the Orange Bowl in a rematch of the previous year's Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame.[1] The appearance marked the seventh for Alabama in the Orange Bowl, and their 28th overall bowl game appearance.[2]

Notre Dame

The 1974 Notre Dame squad finished the regular season with a 9–2 record with losses coming against Purdue and USC. Following their victory over Navy, Orange Bowl officials announced an invitation to play in the Orange Bowl was made to Notre Dame in a rematch of the previous year's Sugar Bowl against Alabama.[1] The appearance marked the second for Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, and their sixth overall bowl game appearance. The contest was also notable as being Ara Parseghian's final game as Notre Dame head coach as he announced his resignation from the position December 15.[3]

Game summary

Midway through the first quarter, Alabama's Willie Shelby fumbled a punt that was recovered by Notre Dame's Al Samuel at the Crimson Tide 16-yard line.[4] Five plays later, the Irish scored on a 4-yard Wayne Bullock touchdown run to take a 7–0 lead.[4] Their lead was extended to 13–0 midway through the second quarter after Mark McLane scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to cap a 17-play, 77-yard drive.[4] A 21-yard field goal by Danny Ridgeway cut the lead to 13–3 at the half.[4] After a scoreless third, the Crimson Tide scored a late touchdown on a 48-yard Richard Todd touchdown pass to Russ Schamun, and with a successful two-point conversion closed the gap to 13–11.[4] After a defensive stop, Alabama again got the ball on offense and was driving for a game-winning score when Todd threw an interception to Reggie Barnett effectively ending the comeback for the Tide.[4]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Notre Dame Alabama
1 6:41 5 plays, 16 yards 1:30 Notre Dame Wayne Bullock 4-yard touchdown run, Dave Reeve kick good 7 0
2 8:29 17 plays, 77 yards 7:21 Notre Dame Mark McLane 9-yard touchdown run, Dave Reeve kick no good 13 0
2 1:45 10 plays, 36 yards 4:01 Alabama 21-yard field goal by Danny Ridgeway 13 3
4 3:13 4 plays, 53 yards 1:16 Alabama Russ Schamun 48-yard touchdown reception from Richard Todd, 2-point pass good 13 11
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 13 11


  1. 1.0 1.1 McKenzie, Mike (November 5, 1974). "Bama takes Orange bid, Bear silent". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 11. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  2. "Alabama Crimson Tide". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  3. "Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian ends 25-year coaching career". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International: p. 13. December 16, 1974. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 McKenzie, Mike (January 2, 1975). "Mistakes spell defeat for Tide". The Tuscaloosa News: p. 13. Retrieved January 25, 2011.