Joe Montana is considered by some to be the best quarterback of all time in large part because he orchestrated some of the greatest fourth-quarter comebacks of all time.
The most memorable of those come-from-behind victories may have come at the Cotton Bowl.
In his final game with Notre Dame, Montana fought off the flu and a brutally cold day in Dallas by eating a bowl of chicken soup at halftime, and then leading the Fighting Irish to a 35-34 victory over Houston after trailing by as much as 34-12.
“What a finish. I’ve never seen anything like it,” is how the TV announcer described the ending in the above video. “Notre Dame, completely dead, came back in the fourth quarter to win it by one.”
Added his broadcast partner: “Montana has done it again!”
The Chicken Soup Game (as they now call it) was played in 1979 and has little to do with this season’s Cotton Bowl between Kansas State and Arkansas, but it is still worth revisiting. It is one of the most famous games in college football history, and a big reason why the Cotton Bowl is considered a prestigious event today. (more…)