1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Conference Independent
1979 record 7–4
Head coach Dan Devine (5th season)
Captain Vagas Ferguson
Captain Tim Foley
Captain Dave Waymer
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Florida State           11 1 0
No. 7 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
UNLV           9 1 2
No. 17 Temple           10 2 0
Tulane           9 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
East Carolina           7 3 1
No. 20 Penn State           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Navy           7 4 0
Notre Dame           7 4 0
Southern Miss           6 4 1
Syracuse           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
Boston College           5 6 0
Holy Cross           5 6 0
Memphis           5 6 0
Miami           5 6 0
North Texas State           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Virginia Tech           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
Georgia Tech           4 6 1
Louisville           4 6 1
Connecticut           3 6 2
William & Mary           4 7 0
Illinois State           3 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           3 8 0
Army           2 8 1
Air Force           2 9 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Richmond           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Irish finished unranked in both major polls for the first time since 1963.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 3:20 p.m. at No. 6 Michigan No. 9 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (rivalry) ABC W 12–10   105,111
September 22 2:30 p.m. at No. 17 Purdue No. 5 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) L 22–28   70,567
September 29 2:30 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State No. 15 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) W 27–3   59,075
October 6 2:30 p.m. Georgia Tech No. 10 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 21–13   59,075
October 13 3:30 p.m. at Air Force No. 10 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 38–13   34,881
October 20 12:50 p.m. No. 4 USC No. 9 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 23–42   59,075
October 27 2:30 p.m. South Carolina No. 14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 18–17   59,075
November 3 1:30 p.m. Navy No. 13 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (rivalry) W 14–0   59,075
November 10 1:30 p.m. at Tennessee No. 13 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 18–40   86,489
November 17 1:30 p.m. No. 14 Clemson Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN L 10–16   59,075
November 24 11:00 p.m. vs. Miami (FL) National Olympic StadiumTokyo, Japan (Mirage Bowl) W 40–15   62,574
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Roster[edit]

1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G 65 Bob Burger Jr
SE 80 Dave Condeni So
QB 2 Mike Courey Jr
C 53 Jeff Crippin Sr
WR 1 Ty Dickerson Jr
RB 32 Vagas Ferguson Sr
T 73 Tim Foley Sr
WR 31 Pete Holohan Jr
G 78 Tim Huffman Jr
QB 13 Greg Knaflec Jr
QB 6 Rusty Lisch Sr
T 75 Rob Martinovich Sr
TE 86 Dean Masztak So
T 71 Phil Pozderac So
C 57 John Scully Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 94 Tom Bock So
LB 43 Bob Crable So
S 22 Dave Duerson Fr
CB 27 Tom Gibbons Jr
CB 19 Josh Krimm So
LB 61 Bobby Leopold Sr
DB 34 Dave Waymer Sr
LB 54 Mike Whittington Sr
DE 70 Scott Zettek Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 3 360 12
Michigan 3 700 10

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Air Force[edit]

1 234Total
• Notre Dame 10 2107 38
Air Force 0 760 13

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A football gifted by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team to President Gerald Ford, commemorating their 18-17 victory over South Carolina on October 27.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Vagas Ferguson Running back 1 25 New England Patriots
Dave Waymer Conerback 2 41 New Orleans Saints
Tim Foley Tackle 2 51 Baltimore Colts
Rusty Lisch Quarterback 4 89 St. Louis Cardinals
Bobby Leopold Linebacker 8 210 San Francisco 49ers
Rob Martinovich Tackle 10 261 Kansas City Chiefs

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Notre Dame football media guide.
  2. ^ "Irish Topple Michigan On Walk-on's Field Goals." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Sept 16.
  3. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 14.