Notre Dame, Texas finalize their series

Notre Dame and Texas have put the finishing touches on their four-game series that will begin in 2015, officials from both schools announced Thursday.

The Longhorns will visit South Bend on Sept. 5, 2015. The following season on Sept. 3, the Fighting Irish will play in Austin.

The series then resumes in 2019, with Notre Dame visiting Texas once again before the ‘Horns come back to play in South Bend in 2020.

“Starting a series with the Texas Longhorns is great not just for Notre Dame, but college football, and we couldn't be happier about it,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in a statement. “When I look at the job coach (Mack) Brown has done at Texas in reviving a once-proud tradition, I see many parallels to what our staff plans to do at Notre Dame.

“The addition of Texas to our future schedules is just another example of the type of high-profile programs we plan on playing as an independent. We look forward to embracing our unique status within college football and continuing to schedule games against similar programs down the road.”

Brown mentioned last week during the Big 12 media days that upgrading the Longhorns’ nonconference schedule was one of his immediate goals.

“I love college football history, and nobody has more historical programs than Texas and Notre Dame,” Brown said Thursday. “The renewal of this rivalry should be a lot of fun to be a part of and something that college football fans across the country can really enjoy.”

The teams have matched up 10 times before — including several times in the Cotton Bowl — with the Irish holding an 8-2 lead in the series.

Notre Dame has won the last four matchups, though Texas’ last win occurred during its 1969 national championship season, a 21-17 win in the Cotton Bowl.

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