1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP No. 17
1987 record 8–4
Head coach Lou Holtz (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Foge Fazio (2nd season)
Captain Chuck Lanza
Captain Byron Spruell
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)           12 0 0
No. 4 Syracuse           11 0 1
No. 2 Florida State           11 1 0
No. 15 South Carolina           8 4 0
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Penn State           8 4 0
No. 17 Notre Dame           8 4 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Rutgers           6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Memphis           5 5 1
Northern Illinois           5 5 1
West Virginia           6 6 0
Tulane           6 6 0
Army           5 6 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Akron           4 7 0
Cincinnati           4 7 0
Louisville           3 7 1
Temple           3 8 0
Tulsa           3 8 0
Navy           2 9 0
Virginia Tech           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented Notre Dame University during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. Tony Rice became the starting quarterback for Notre Dame following an injury to Terry Andrysiak. The Irish would finish the season 8–4 and earn a berth to the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Roster[edit]

1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 66 Andy Heck
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 90 Jeff Alm So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 3:30 p.m. at No. 9 Michigan* No. 16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC W 26–7   106,098
September 19 7:45 p.m. No. 17 Michigan State* No. 9 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) ESPN W 31–8   59,075
September 26 12:00 p.m. at Purdue* No. 8 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 44–20   68,528
October 10 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh* No. 4 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN L 22–30   56,400
October 17 3:30 p.m. at Air Force* No. 11 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 35–14   51,112
October 24 2:30 p.m. USC* No. 10 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) CBS W 26–15   59,075
October 31 12:00 p.m. Navy* No. 9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) W 56–13   59,075
November 7 12:00 p.m. Boston College* No. 9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Holy War) W 32–25   59,075
November 14 2:30 p.m. No. 10 Alabama* No. 7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS W 37–6   59,075
November 21 12:00 p.m. at Penn State* No. 7 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA CBS L 20–21   84,000
November 28 3:30 p.m. at No. 2 Miami (FL)* No. 10 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 0–24   76,640
January 1, 1988 1:30 p.m. vs. No. 13 Texas A&M* No. 12 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS L 10–35   73,006
#Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

#16 Notre Dame at #9 Michigan
1 234Total
• Notre Dame 10 079 26
Michigan 0 070 7

Terry Andrysiak completed 11 of 15 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while Notre Dame converted four of Michigan's seven turnovers into scores.

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Michigan State[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan St 0 008 8
• Notre Dame 19 570 31

Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
• Notre Dame 10 71413 44
Purdue 0 1730 20

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Pittsburgh[edit]


Air Force[edit]

1 234Total
• Notre Dame 14 0147 35
Air Force 0 707 14

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USC[edit]

1 234Total
USC 7 008 15
• Notre Dame 3 1760 26

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Navy[edit]

1 234Total
Navy 0 607 13
• Notre Dame 14 21147 56

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Boston College[edit]

1 234Total
Boston College 7 1080 25
• Notre Dame 6 01214 32
  • ND: Mark Green 152 Rush Yds
  • ND: Tim Brown 294 all-purpose Yds

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Alabama[edit]

1 234Total
Alabama 3 300 6
• Notre Dame 3 17314 37

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Penn State[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

Cotton Bowl[edit]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Tim Brown Wide Receiver 1 6 Los Angeles Raiders
Tom Redehr Tackle 3 69 New England Patriots
Chuck Lanza Center 3 70 Pittsburgh Steelers
Cedric Figaro Linebacker 6 152 San Diego Chargers
Brandy Wells Defensive Back 9 226 Cincinnati Bengals

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame accepts Michigan's charity." Gainesville Sun. 1987 Sept 13.
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Sept 28.
  3. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 18.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 25.
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 1.
  6. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 8.
  7. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 15.
  8. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1988.htm