Laura Quinn wore a split jersey -- half Notre Dame for brother Brady, and half Ohio State for boyfriend A. Hawk -- and TV couldn't stop showing her during the telecast."In retrospect, she probably wouldn't have given out her seat number," Brady said.
"For us, it was trying to climb back into that national spotlight and scene, and get back to it.
The Irish were thrilled to be in the desert after two seasons in college football's wilderness.
They had returned to national prominence that fall.
There was no shortage of star power in Phoenix, but two players, Quinn and Hawk -- and the link between them, Laura - dominated the days before kickoff. hadn't met until a family party weeks before the game, the Quinn-Hawk relationship made for fun fodder, especially when Laura interviewed her brother and her boyfriend at media day.
Laura Quinn went to Ohio State and had started dating Hawk a few months before the game. Then there was the infamous split jersey -- half Notre Dame, half Ohio State - that Laura wore on game day.