BCS countdown No. 24: South Bend scorching

photo Bowl Championship Series 2013

Alabama collected its only series victory over Notre Dame with a 28-10 thumping at Birmingham's Legion Field in 1986, but the Irish exacted revenge in a hurry.

On Nov. 14, 1987, Lou Holtz's second Irish team demolished Bill Curry's first Crimson Tide squad 37-6 on senior day in South Bend. Notre Dame racked up 465 yards and held Alabama to 185 in the most lopsided result of the six matchups between the two historical powers. The Tide had lost early in the season to Florida and suffered a shocking October setback to Memphis State, but they had regrouped with wins over Tennessee, Mississippi State and LSU to enter with a 7-2 record.

"They were far and away the best team we've played to date," Curry said afterward. "We were whipped by a vastly superior football team."

Alabama took its opening possession 56 yards and grabbed a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard Phillip Doyle field goal, but Notre Dame reeled off the next 20 points to improve to 8-1. The Irish capped the romp with Mark Green's 74-yard touchdown run and Ricky Watters' 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Tide quarterbacks Billy Ray, Jeff Dunn and Vince Sutton combined on a woeful 9-of-29 passing for 50 yards.

"I told Bill Curry after the game that he just picked the wrong day to play us in South Bend," Holtz said.