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Irish Insights


Notre Dame-Texas series is officlal

Notre Dame will clash with one of college football's power brokers in the near future.

Texas announced Thursday that the Irish and Texas agreed to a four-game series starting with a game on Sept. 5, 2015, in South Bend.

The Longhorns return to Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 12, 2020, and the Irish travel to Austin on Sept. 3, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2019.

The series matches the second and third winningest college programs. Texas is second on the victory list with 845, and Notre Dame is third with 837. Michigan is the top program with 877.

"Starting a series with the Texas Longhorns is great not just for Notre Dame, but college football, and we couldn't be happier about it," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a news release. "When I look at the job Coach Brown has done at Texas in reviving a once proud tradition, I see many parallels to what our staff plans to do at Notre Dame.

"The addition of Texas to our future schedules is just another example of the type of high-profile programs we plan on playing as an independent. We look forward to embracing our unique status within college football and continuing to schedule games against similar programs down the road."

Notre Dame, which will also renew its rivalry with Miami staring in 2012, has played Texas 10 times with the Irish winning eight games. The last time the two teams met was 1996, and Notre Dame and Texas met in three Cotton Bowls between 1969 and 1977.

"We've been looking at the prospect of putting together these matchups for some time, and we hope these games may lead to further conversations about the prospect of additional contests, potentially in other sports as well as football," Notre Dame athletic director Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement.

Notre Dame first played Texas in 1913, winning 30-7. The Irish returned to Austin in 1915 and won 36-7.

Texas won a 1934 meeting 7-6 at South Bend, and Notre Dame won both ends of a home-and-home series in 1952 and 1954.

In 1969, the Longhorns beat the Irish 21-17 in the Cotton Bowl to seal a national championship.

Notre Dame defeated Texas 24-11 in the 1970 Cotton Bowl, and the Irish also posted a 38-10 Cotton Bowl win in 1977.

The Irish also defeated the Longhorns in 1995 and 1996.

"We are so excited we were able to schedule a four-game series with Notre Dame," Texas coach Mack Brown said in a release. "I love college football history and nobody has more historical programs than Texas and Notre Dame. The renewal of this rivalry should be a lot of fun to be a part of and something that college football fans across the country can really enjoy."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.