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by Ivan Maisel

Notre Dame Sports Information Office


Dallas | Jan. 1, 1979

Fighting the flu and weather more suited for South Bend than Dallas, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana committed five turnovers in the 1979 Cotton Bowl. After spotting Houston a 34-12 lead, Montana led a 23-point fourth-quarter comeback, finishing it with an 8-yard touchdown to Kris Haines in the final seconds. The Montana legend that grew in San Francisco had its birthplace in Fair Park.