The Miami Hurricanes have now held their opponents scoreless 11 consecutive quarters, stopping everything but Notre Dame Coach Gerry Faust's avowed optimism.
The Hurricanes' rule has been "bend, but don't break," since their streak began in the second quarter of a 29-7 victory over Houston on Sept. 10. It was no different Saturday night when the unranked Hurricanes shut out No. 13 Notre Dame, 20-0, in the Orange Bowl.
"I know the defense and our coaches were thinking shutout all week and then we went out and did it against a fine offensive football team," said Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger. "We asked our kids to have great pursuit and gang-tackle and that's just what they did."
The Fighting Irish, losing for the second week in a row to fall to 1-2 under third-year Coach Faust, actually accumulated more net yardage, 335-296, than the Hurricanes.
But two short field goal attempts by Mike Johnston were blocked, he missed a 36-yarder and the final Irish possession was halted four yards from the end zone with 54 seconds to play.
"I'm an eternal optimist," said Faust, whose team had been ranked No. 1 in several preseason polls. "I still think we can have a good year."
The shutout was the first against Notre Dame since Missouri did it, 3-0, in the opening game of 1978, and only the second since 1965.
Schnellenberger hyped the game for half a year as the "Classic Football Weekend" and declared the outcome "a thing of beauty."
Miami freshman redshirt quarterback Bernie Kosar completed 22 of 33 passes for 215 yards.
In Nashville, quarterback Walter Lewis scored two touchdowns and Alabama overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Vanderbilt, 44-24. Under Ray Perkins, successor to the late Bear Bryant as Alabama coach, the Tide is 3-0, 2-0 in SEC play.
In Baton Rouge, sophomore quarterback Jeff Wickersham ran for three touchdowns and passed for 259 yards and a score as Louisiana State upset No. 9 Washington, 40-14. LSU's sophomore tailbacks Dalton Hilliard and Garry James teamed for 207 yards rushing.
An 80-yard pass, Lance McIlhenny to Ron Morris with 6:05 to play, lifted SMU past TCU, 21-17, and extended the nation's longest unbeaten streak to 19 games.
Elsewhere Saturday night, Arizona (4-0) defeated Fullerton State, 37-10, on the strength of a defense led by linebacker Ricky Hunley; Arizona State dispatched Wichita State, 44-14, to improve to 2-0-1, and Washington State defeated Nevada-Las Vegas, 41-28.