"1965 had ended not with a bang, but a whimper. In November, Michigan State had come into South Bend and held the Irish to -12 yards on the ground, just 24 yards passing for a TOTAL OFFENSE OF JUST 12 YARDS as the Spartans controlled the game for a 12-3 win. Then the Irish flew to Miami and left with a scoreless tie against Miami. The taste of ashes was in the mouths of Irish fans. What of the vaunted Parseghian/Pagna offense? 3 points in the last 8 quarters. It was not thunder, but heads, that were shaking in Michiana. But a trinity of coaches in the fooball coaching offices spent no time fretting and a lot of time preparing for the 1966 season."