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Gordon kicks the winning field goal against Notre Dame. (1993 Associated Press photo)

David Gordon: It's Still a Kick for Him, 15 Years Later

Former Eagle placekicker David Gordon says he still doesn't have many friends in South Bend, Ind.

By Reid Oslin | Chronicle Staff
Fifteen years after making a last-second 41-yard field goal that gave Boston College a thrilling 41-39 victory over Notre Dame and cost the Irish the 1993 national football championship, former Eagle placekicker David Gordon,'94, says he still doesn't have many friends in South Bend, Ind.

"I run into Notre Dame fans all the time," Gordon said last week — a little more than 15 years to the day he became a BC football hero — from his office in Farmington, Conn., where he is vice president of a commercial development and custom home building corporation. "Notre Dame fans are very passionate about their team. I hear from them all the time – and I don't think that they like me," he laughed.

Gordon's famous kick capped a late BC rally against the previously undefeated Irish in a nationally-televised game on Nov. 20, 1993. When the ball sailed through the uprights as time expired, it knocked Coach Lou Holtz' Notre Dame team out of the No. 1 spot in the national polls in the final regular season game of the year for the Irish.

Gordon, a soccer-style kicker who had never played football before coming to BC, was called upon by coach Tom Coughlin to attempt the game-winning kick as time was running out. "Usually, he never would talk to me before a kick; he always let me do my own thing," recalls Gordon about the taskmaster coach who piloted the New York Giants to last year's Super Bowl championship.

"But on that kick, when I was running onto the field, he stopped me and looked me right in the eye. He said 'David, I just want you to make good contact on the ball and kick it straight. I know you can make it.'

"That little boost of confidence calmed me down," Gordon says. "He was really good, but I am afraid to think about what might have happened if I hadn't done it," he laughs.

"I was living in the Jacksonville, Fla., area before moving back to Connecticut four years ago," adds Gordon, "and there are a lot of Florida State fans down there. Florida State had lost to Notre Dame the week before we played them in 1993, and they went on to win the championship. So, I was always a big hit with them.

"It's amazing how many people watched the BC-Notre Dame game that year."

Gordon and his wife Connie are the parents of three children, Tyler (age 6), Olivia (2) and newborn son Mason. The Gordon family lives in Collinsville, Conn.