Last week's narrow escape from Pittsburgh was the wakeup call the Irish needed heading to Boston College.
Notre Dame (10-0) grabbed a lead and wouldn't let go in a somewhat underwhelming 21-6 victory over the forlorn Eagles (2-8).
Almost six Summer Olympiads ago in 1993, Notre Dame owned the college football world — for a week. A win over top-ranked Florida State had elevated the undefeated Irish to the No. 1 team in the land with one game — a home contest with Boston College — left between them and a shot at the national title.
The Eagles ended the dream.
Fast forward to 2002. Another spurt of perfection, this one lasting eight games. Though, it had more smoke and mirrors attached. Boston College exposed the Irish for imposters and started Notre Dame's decline.