FILE - In this Dec. 31, 1973, file photo, Notre Dame kicker Bob Thomas (98) boots the game-winning field goal to defeat Alabama 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans. Holding is Notre Dame's Brian Doherty. Alabama (11-1) finished the regular season undefeated and was declared the national champion in the coaches poll, where the Irish were ranked No. 4. Notre Dame (11-0) then beats Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. The AP named Notre Dame national champion. (AP Photo/JH, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 1973, file photo, Notre Dame kicker Bob Thomas (98) boots the game-winning field goal to defeat Alabama 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans. Holding is Notre Dame's Brian Doherty. Alabama (11-1) finished the regular season undefeated and was declared the national champion in the coaches poll, where the Irish were ranked No. 4. Notre Dame (11-0) then beats Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. The AP named Notre Dame national champion. (AP Photo/JH, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 1973, file photo, Notre Dame kicker Bob Thomas (98) boots the game-winning field goal to defeat Alabama 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans. Holding is Notre Dame's Brian Doherty. Alabama (11-1) finished the regular season undefeated and was declared the national champion in the coaches poll, where the Irish were ranked No. 4. Notre Dame (11-0) then beats Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. The AP named Notre Dame national champion. (AP Photo/JH, File)
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