More than a month after old rivals Miami and Notre Dame battle in South Bend, ESPN will debut its 30 for 30 documentary on their 1988 game.
“Catholics vs. Convicts” will air following the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10. Watch the trailer here.
The film, directed by Notre Dame alum Patrick Creadon, explores the rivalry and the backstory of that legendary clash, including the fight that started the game and the infamous t-shirt a few Fighting Irish students created.
The game, on Oct. 15, 1988, was epic enough on its own. No. 4 Notre Dame beat No. 1 Miami 31-30 in a controversial, eminently memorable game. Few Miami fans believe to this day that Cleveland Gary fumbled on the 1-yard line with Miami trailing 31-24 in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame fans remain adamant Rob Chudzinski did fumble in the second quarter, before Miami tied the game at 21.
“I still can’t stand Notre Dame,” former UM wide receiver Randal “Thrill” Hill said in May.
The filmmakers interviewed numerous figures involved in the game, including coaches Jimmy Johnson and Lou Holtz, announcer Brent Musberger and players on both sides.
This is the third time UM has been subject of a 30 for 30 documentary. “The U,” about the rise of the team in the 1980s, and “The U Part 2” were some of the most popular films in the series.
The Hurricanes of the present will visit Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 (NBC).