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Five old Notre Dame Football photos for a Friday — Georgia Tech

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Buzzing around before the weekend

Notre Dame Fighting Irish v Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 2: Referee Dan Capron tosses the coin before the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 2, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. Notre Dame defeated Georgia Tech 14-10.
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Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the offseason.

As you’ll see in today’s No Huddle Preview, The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are a sneaky long time foe. This year’s game will be the 37th matchup since the first game in the series back in 1922. Unfortunately for our purposes here today, there aren’t very many images available.

But I’ll do my best.

Flipped

I love this shot of Vagas Ferguson. At first glance, it really looks like #25 is a ball carrier with #32 jumping in for the tackle. Maybe that’s because the black and white photo hides the ball a bit — or maybe it’s just me.

Vagas Ferguson (32) Jumping During Play
Notre Dame’s Vagas Ferguson (32) Jumping During Play

About to get lit

I’m really not sure if this is a shot of Chinedum Ndukwe right before he damn near kills Clavin Johnson (A.K.A. Megatron) or not — but it still reminds me of that play none the less.

Georgia Tech Calvin Johnson...
SEPTEMBER 02: College Football: Georgia Tech Calvin Johnson (21) in action, making catch vs Notre Dame, Atlanta, GA 9/2/2006
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Ominous

I will never be able to NOT think about the 2007 nightmare against the Wramblin Wreck anytime the Irish play them. Of all the shots I could have gone with... here are the 3 quarterbacks on the day (#13 Evan Sharpley, #7 Jimmy Clausen, and #3 Demetrius Jones) and the ass crack of Charlie Weis.

Football - NCAA - Georgia Techs vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weis looks over his quarterbacks during warmups prior to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 33-3 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium at Notre Dame, Indiana.
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Legends

Georgia Tech’s involvement in the development of the collegiate game of football should not be understated. Again... this was an opponent that the Irish played a LOT of games against in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

The famous coaches on the All-American Board of Football during the dinner at the New York Athletic Club, left to right: W.A. Alexander of Georgia Tech; Tad Jones of Yale; Glenn “Pop” Warner of Stanford, the chairman; Knute Rockne of Notre Dame; and Christy Walsh.
The famous coaches on the All-American Board of Football during the dinner at the New York Athletic Club, left to right: W.A. Alexander of Georgia Tech; Tad Jones of Yale; Glenn “Pop” Warner of Stanford, the chairman; Knute Rockne of Notre Dame; and Christy Walsh.
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Our boy Drue

The 2015 ND vs GT game was one of the most interesting of the Brian Kelly era — at least the leadup to the game. Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack was phenomenal, and there was a real concern the Irish would have some very big trouble defending it on that Saturday. To add 100 gallons of gas to the campfire, the personal vendetta Johnson had with Irish defensive coordinator Brian Vangorder was something out of Machiavelli’s Italy. Kelly tasked Bob Elliott to work on nothing but stopping the option from his analyst role — and it worked to perfection that day. One of the big keys was then safety Drue Tranquill. The Fort Wayne native had a phenomenal game — right up until he had a freak knee injury from jumping up after a play was over. The silver lining is that it helped eventually lead Tranquill to become a linebacker and captain for the Irish on the 2018 team that went undefeated in the regular season.

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 19 Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
19 September 2015: Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Drue Tranquill (23) battles with Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back TaQuon Marshall (16) to disrupt a pass in action during a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN.
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