1975 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1975 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 17
1975 record 8–3
Head coach Dan Devine (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Merv Johnson (1st season)
Captain Ed Bauer
Captain Jim Stock
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Rutgers         9 2 0
No. 10 Penn State         9 3 0
No. 20 West Virginia         9 3 0
Notre Dame         8 3 0
Virginia Tech         8 3 0
No. 15 Pittsburgh         8 4 0
Boston College         7 4 0
Georgia Tech         7 4 0
Memphis State         7 4 0
Navy         7 4 0
North Texas State         7 4 0
Southern Miss         7 4 0
South Carolina         7 5 0
Colgate         6 4 0
Cincinnati         6 5 0
Hawaii         6 5 0
Syracuse         6 5 0
Temple         6 5 0
Utah State         6 5 0
Indiana State         5 5 0
Dayton         5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana         4 6 1
Tulane         4 7 0
Villanova         4 7 0
Florida State         3 8 0
Air Force         2 8 1
Houston         2 8 0
Miami (FL)         2 8 0
Army         2 9 0
Holy Cross         1 10 0
Louisville         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. It was Dan Devine's first year as head coach, taking over for the retired Ara Parseghian.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 9:00 p.m. vs. Boston College No. 9 Schaefer StadiumFoxboro, MA (Holy War) ABC W 17–3   61,501
September 20 2:30 p.m. at Purdue No. 9 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 17–0   69,795
September 27 2:30 p.m. Northwestern No. 7 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (rivalry) W 31–7   59,075
October 4 2:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 8 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) L 3–10   59,075
October 11 1:30 p.m. at North Carolina No. 15 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 21–14   49,500
October 18 3:05 p.m. at Air Force No. 15 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 31–30   43,204
October 25 1:50 p.m. No. 3 USC No. 14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 17–24   59,075
November 1 1:30 p.m. Navy No. 15 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (rivalry) W 31–10   59,075
November 8 1:30 p.m. Georgia Tech No. 12 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 24–3   59,075
November 15 1:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh No. 9 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (rivalry) L 20–34   56,480
November 22 7:30 p.m. at Miami (FL) Orange BowlMiami, FL W 32–9   24,944
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1975 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Frank Allocco Sr
T 68 Ed Bauer Sr
TE 83 Doug Buth Jr
TE 87 John Driscoll So
RB 40 Terry Eurick So
WR 82 Kris Haines Fr
RB 30 Jerome Heavens Fr
RB 25 Al Hunter So
T 62 Dave Huffman Fr
G 65 Ernie Hughes So
WR 80 Dan Kelleher Jr
RB 21 Dan Knott So
TE 81 Ken MacAfee So
T 71 Steve McDaniels So
G 60 Howard Meyer Fr
QB 3 Joe Montana Fr
G 57 Elton Moore Jr
RB 14 Steve Orsini So
FB 36 Tom Parise Sr
C 77 Steve Quehl Sr
T 50 Bob Tull So
G 66 Al Wujciak Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 79 Jay Achterhoff Sr
SS 20 Luther Bradley So
SS 33 Jim Browner Fr
DE 89 Ross Browner So
SS 28 Ross Christensen So
LB 24 Nick DeCicco So
DT 72 Ken Dike So
FS 41 John Dubenetzky Jr
LB 42 Tom Eastman Jr
DE 94 Willie Fry So
LB 55 Bob Golic Fr
FS 10 Randy Harrison So
LB 58 Steve Heimkreiter Fr
LB 51 Pete Johnson So
CB 26 Tom Lopienski Sr
DT 70 Steve Niehaus Sr
LB 38 Tony Novakov Sr
LB 54 Marv Russell Jr
DE 45 Rudy Ruettiger Sr
CB 29 Pat Sarb Sr
LB 48 Jim Stock Sr
DT 74 Jeff Weston So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 4 Tony Brantley Sr
K 99 Pat McLaughlin Sr
P/QB 7 Joe Restic Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head Coach: Dan Devine
  • Assistants: Greg Blache (JV), Brian Boulac (OL), Ed Chlebek (ST), Merv Johnson (OC), George Kelly (LB), Hank Kuhlmann (OB/ST), Johnny Roland (Receivers), Paul Shoults (DB), Ross Stephenson (Scouting/Volunteer Ast), Joe Yonto (DL)

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Game summaries[edit]

Boston College[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 377 17
Boston College 0 300 3

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Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 3 0014 17
Purdue 0 000 0

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North Carolina[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 0021 21
North Carolina 0 0140 14

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Notre Dame football media guide.
  2. ^ 2011 Notre Dame football media supplement.
  3. ^ "Notre Dame Stops Boston College in Opener." Palm Beach Post. 1975 Sept 16.
  4. ^ "Interception Return Lifts Irish." Palm Beach Post. 1975 Sept 21.
  5. ^ "Irish Turn Back Tar Heels, 21-14." Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Oct 12.