I think the first bowl was after the 1970 season, vs Texas
by mkovac (2022-11-28 15:37:09)

In reply to: Ara's era, different AD's and presidents. A two-loss season.  posted by The Flash

ND did not accept bowl bids when I was there and I think it was the 1971 Cotton Bowl that ND appeared for the first time in the modern era. (link)