Football writer extraordinaire Jim Dent documents Notre Dame's memorable 1964 campaign, when the team, led by first-year coach Ara Parseghian, reversed a trend of losing seasons. While Notre Dame was one of the greatest football programs of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the tradition went badly awry in the 1950s, when school officials reduced the number of football scholarships and urged a renewed focus on academics. After five consecutive losing seasons from 1958-1963, the school hired former Northwestern coach Ara Parseghian, whose teams had beaten the Irish four straight times, to take over a program that seemed to be in shambles. Parseghian turned the offense over to perennial back-up quarterback John Huarte, who had never logged enough minutes in a season to even earn a varsity letter, but who won the 1964 Heisman Trophy in leading the team to a 9-1 record. On the defensive side of the ball was one of the school's first black recruits, a freshman named Alan Page from Canton, Ohio (the home of the pro football Hall of Fame, where he would later be enshrined), who would gain even greater renown as a member of the Supreme Court of the state of Minnesota. Dent weaves these individual stories and many more, such as the erection of the iconic Touchdown Jesus mural, into a portrait of perhaps the most remarkable season in the storied history of Notre Dame football.