Notre Dame football: Irish finally gets bowl battle they should've had in 1993
SOUTH BEND - Notre Dame-Florida State: Good matchup between a couple of quality 8-4
football teams; solid tradition; national appeal; a game with as much
"buzz" as can be expected on Dec. 29.

Eighteen years too late?

This year's Champs Sports Bowl battle pitting the Irish against the
Seminoles is a postseason opportunity Notre Dame missed out on almost
two decades ago.

The Irish proved they were the best team in America on Nov. 13, 1993,
when they clearly dominated the unbeaten Seminoles, 31-24. Lee Becton
was the workhorse at running back (122 yards on 26 carries). The
offensive line was superior. And quarterback Kevin McDougal was good
enough.

Then came the season finale against Boston College. One of the biggest
regrets of the Lou Holtz era was this big one that got away.

Notre Dame dug itself a third-quarter 31-14 hole, then recovered. Lake
Dawson caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from McDougal with just over a
minute to play and the Irish led, 39-38. Four pass completions by BC
quarterback Glenn Foley, sandwiched around Pete Bercich's drop of what
would have been a game-winning interception, allowed the Eagles to