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September 25, 2005

From its own 1-yard line, Notre Dame runs play requested by dying boy

Posted by Jon Sanders at 8:59 PM

The boy was named for Joe Montana:

Weis asked Montana if there was something he could do for him. He agreed to let Montana call the first play against Washington on Saturday. He called "pass right."

Montana never got to see the play. He died Friday at his home. ...

When the Irish started on their own 1-yard-line following a fumble recovery, Mazurkiewicz wasn't sure Notre Dame would be able to throw a pass. Weis was concerned about that, too. So was quarterback Brady Quinn.

"He said what are we going to do?" Weis said. "I said we have no choice. We're throwing it to the right."

Weis called a play where most of the Irish went left, Quinn ran right and looked for tight end Anthony Fasano on the right. .... Fasano caught the pass and leapt over a defender for a 13-yard gain.

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