Coach put lucky charm in Notre Dame end zone
We wrote last week about how USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan's family included some huge Notre Dame fans as he grew up in Massachusetts, and how his uncle, David Killeen, was buried with a Notre Dame ballcap after suffering a fatal heart attack while watching a Notre Dame football game, five years ago this week.
McGeoghan, seeking a little extra luck for Saturday's game at Notre Dame, sought his late uncle's help. His uncle loved to golf, so he took a golf tee, inscribed his uncle's initials, "DK," on the tee, then bent down and buried it by the back of one end zone, near the goalposts.
"I said it would bring us luck," McGeoghan said. "There were a lot of people where you come out the one tunnel, where Touchdown Jesus is, so I went to the other end zone. It was the end zone where Evan (Landi) caught that ball. Probably five feet from there."
USF's only offensive touchdown in the 23-20 win at Notre Dame came when tight end Evan Landi caught a 2-yard touchdown "jump pass" from B.J. Daniels, what turned out to be the winning margin in the Bulls' victory. It's also the end zone that Notre Dame was perhaps a yard away from on the opening drive when USF's Jerrell Young forced a fumble from Notre Dame's Jonas Gray and Kayvon Webster returned its 96 yards for a touchdown.
It's worth mentioning, too, that Landi wears the No. 9, the same jersey number that Skip Holtz wore during his one season as a walk-on at Notre Dame 25 years ago.