45 Years Ago, Ole Miss Shocked the College Football World


by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

Forty-five years ago this week, shocked the college football world by upsetting perennial national power Notre Dame 20-13 at Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

And a player from was at the epicenter of the big win for the Rebels.

On Saturday, Sept. 17th, 1977, Chuck Commiskey wore the number 55 on his home red jersey as the starting center for the Rebels and was on the field for nearly every Ole Miss offensive snap. Notre Dame was a 21-point favorite over the Rebels, and not many people, if any really, gave Ole Miss a chance in the contest.

“It was a different time back then as far as national coverage for college football, I mean ESPN wasn’t even around yet.” Commiskey said, from his home in New Orleans. “I’m not sure we realized how big of a deal it was until…

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