The Green Jersey Game (1977 vs. USC)

In 1977, head coach Dan Devine surprised his team by ordering special jerseys for the game against USC. The Irish warmed up in their traditional blues, but when they returned to the locker room before the game, green uniforms were hanging in their lockers. It was an unforgettable scene, as the team stormed out of the locker room behind a Trojan horse to a thunderous ovation from the sellout Notre Dame Stadium crowd. Led by quarterback Joe Montana (‘79), tight end Ken MacAfee (’78) and linebacker Bob Golic (‘79), #11 Notre Dame dominated #5 USC, 49-19. Afterwards, the Irish went on to win six more games to earn their 10th consensus national championship. In this ’Strong and True’ moment, Steve Orsini (‘78), Ross Browner (’78), Vagas Ferguson (‘80), Luther Bradley (’78), and Kris Haines (’79) look back on what is affectionately known to Irish fans as “The Green Jersey Game.”

1977 USC

Ken MacAfee (#81) celebrates one of his two touchdowns that helped the Irish to a 49-19 win.

1977 USC ticket

A ticket from the 1977 game between Notre Dame and USC.

1977 Devine Montana

Head coach Dan Devine talks with quarterback Joe Montana on the sidelines.

1977 Joe Montana

Joe Montana threw two touchdown passes and ran for another two, in what became known as the “Green Jersey Game.”

1977 USC celebration

The Irish celebrate in the locker room following their resounding victory over the #5 Trojans.