National title implications hover over South Bend

Saturday's USC-Notre Dame game is just the latest in what has been a great rivalry since the 1920s.

Originally Published: October 11, 2005
By Beano Cook | ESPN Insider
The USC-Notre Dame football series began in the 1920s and was a great rivalry.

When Knute Rockne died in March of 1931, the series lost a little of its luster, although the game that fall -- in which USC trailed 14-0 but came back to win 16-14 -- remains one of the greatest victories in the history of Trojan football.

Lore says the victory parade after the game drew more than 100,000 people to downtown Los Angeles.

Beano Cook

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Carroll H. "Beano" Cook joined ESPN in March 1986 and served as a college football studio commentator and occasional sideline reporter, in addition to offering college football commentary on ESPN Radio. He died in October 2012.