1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 5
1969 record 8–2–1
Head coach Ara Parseghian (6th season)
Captain Bob Olson
Captain Mike Oriard
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
(c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Penn State         11 0 0
No. 17 West Virginia         10 1 0
No. 12 Houston         9 2 0
No. 5 Notre Dame         8 2 1
Buffalo         6 3 0
Rutgers         6 3 0
Villanova         6 3 0
Florida State         6 3 1
Colgate         5 3 1
Air Force         6 4 0
West Texas State         6 4 0
Boston College         5 4 0
New Mexico State         5 5 0
Southern Miss         5 5 0
Syracuse         5 5 0
Army         4 5 1
VPI         4 5 1
Georgia Tech         4 6 0
Miami (FL)         4 6 0
Pittsburgh         4 6 0
Dayton         3 7 0
Northern Illinois         3 7 0
Tulane         3 7 0
Utah State         3 7 0
Navy         1 9 0
Xavier         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1969 college football season. The Fighting Irish were led by sixth-year head coach Ara Parseghian and played their home games on campus at Notre Dame Stadium.

After 44 seasons without postseason play (19251968), the school ended its self-imposed bowl hiatus.[1] With an 8–1–1 regular season record, the Irish were led on the field by junior quarterback Joe Theismann.[2] They met top-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Day,[3] but lost 21–17 when the Longhorns scored a late touchdown.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20 1:30 pm Northwestern No. 11 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (rivalry) W 35–10   59,075
September 27 1:30 pm at No. 16 Purdue No. 9 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN [5] (Shillelagh Trophy) L  14–28   68,179
October 4 1:30 pm No. 14 Michigan State Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) W 42–28   59,075
October 11 2:00 pm vs. Army No. 15 Yankee StadiumBronx, NY (rivalry) W 45–0   63,786
October 18 1:30 pm No. 3 USC No. 11 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN [6] (Jeweled Shillelagh) T  14–14   59,075
October 25 8:30 pm at Tulane No. 12 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 37–0   40,250
November 1 1:30 pm Navy No. 10 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (rivalry) W 47–0   59,075
November 8 1:30 pm at Pittsburgh No. 8 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (rivalry) W 49–7   44,084
November 15 9:30 pm at Georgia Tech No. 9 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA [7][8] ABC W 38–20   41,104
November 22 1:30 pm Air Force No. 8 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN [9] W 13–6   59,075
January 1, 1970 2:00 pm vs. No. 1 Texas No. 9 Cotton BowlDallas, TX [4] (Cotton Bowl) CBS L  17–21   73,000
#Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Source:[10]

Roster[edit]

1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 64 Terry Brennan Sr
G 56 Larry DiNardo
WR 44 Tom Gatewood So
QB 7 Joe Theismann Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 77 Mike McCoy Sr
DE 85 Walt Patulski So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame accepts Cotton's bid". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 18, 1969. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Irish test Texas rank". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 1, 1970. p. 13.
  3. ^ Fite, Ed (January 1, 1970). "Irish test Longhorns in Dallas". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. 44.
  4. ^ a b "Texans edge Irish on big 4th downs". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1970. p. 30.
  5. ^ "Phipps paces Purdue past Notre Dame". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. October 19, 1969. p. 57.
  6. ^ Liska, Jerry (October 19, 1969). "Notre Dame, Southern Cal in 14-14 draw". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 61.
  7. ^ Bryson, Mike (November 15, 1969). "Georgia Tech shouldn't Irish plans". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Irish build early lead, swamp Tech". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 16, 1969. p. 1, sports.
  9. ^ Bryson, Mike (November 23, 1969). "Irish shake 'shakes' and beat Air Force". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 69.
  10. ^ [1]

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