1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 21–6 vs. Colorado
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 2
1989 record 12–1
Head coach Lou Holtz (4th season)
Captain Ned Bolcar
Captain Anthony Johnson
Captain Tony Rice
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami         11 1 0
No. 2 Notre Dame         12 1 0
No. 3 Florida State         10 2 0
Northern Illinois         9 2 0
No. 15 Penn State         8 3 1
No. 17 Pittsburgh         8 3 1
No. 21 West Virginia         8 3 1
Syracuse         8 4 0
Southwestern Louisiana         7 4 0
Akron         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 4 1
Virginia Tech         6 4 1
Louisiana Tech         5 4 1
Army         6 5 0
Louisville         6 5 0
East Carolina         5 5 1
Tulsa         6 6 0
Southern Miss         5 6 0
Tulane         4 8 0
Navy         3 8 0
Rutgers         2 7 2
Boston College         2 9 0
Memphis         2 9 0
Cincinnati         1 9 1
Temple         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was coached by Lou Holtz and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

Rivalries[edit]

Notre Dame beat USC to claim the Jeweled Shillelagh; in the Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry, Notre Dame beat Michigan 24-19.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 8:00 p.m. vs. Virginia No. 2 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) Raycom and WGN W 36–13   77,323
September 16 3:30 p.m. at No. 2 Michigan No. 1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC W 24–19   105,912
September 23 2:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 1 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) CBS W 21–13   59,075
September 30 12:00 p.m. at Purdue No. 1 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ABC W 40–7   67,861
October 7 4:00 p.m. at Stanford No. 1 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Legends Trophy) None W 27–17   86,019
October 14 7:00 p.m. at No. 17 Air Force No. 1 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN W 41–27   53,533
October 21 3:30 p.m. No. 9 USC No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) CBS W 28–24   59,075
October 28 5:00 p.m. No. 7 Pittsburgh No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN W 45–7   59,075
November 4 12:00 p.m. Navy No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) SportsChannel W 41–0   59,075
November 11 12:00 p.m. SMU No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN SportsChannel W 59–6   59,075
November 18 2:30 p.m. at No. 17 Penn State No. 1 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA CBS W 34–23   86,025
November 25 6:30 p.m. at No. 7 Miami (FL) No. 1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 10–27   81,634
January 1, 1990 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 1 Colorado No. 4 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 21–6   81,191
#Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

#1 Notre Dame at #2 Michigan
1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 7107 24
Michigan 0 6013 19

USC[edit]

1 234Total
USC 14 307 24
• Notre Dame 7 0714 28

[2]

Roster[edit]

1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 86 Derek Brown So
RB 5 Rodney Culver
WR 13 Pat Eilers
WR 25 Raghib Ismail Jr
RB 22 Anthony Johnson
C 76 Gene McGuire
RB 35 Ryan Mihalko
QB 3 Rick Mirer
QB 9 Tony Rice
G 52 Tim Ryan
WR 21 Rod Smith
WR 12 Ricky Watters
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 37 Scott Kowalkowski
CB 1 Todd Lyght
LB 42 Mike Stonebreaker
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Anthony Johnson Running Back 2 36 Indianapolis Colts
Tim Grunhard Tackle 2 40 Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Alm Defensive Tackle 2 41 Houston Oilers
Pat Terrell Defensive Back 2 49 Los Angeles Rams
Mike Brennan Tackle 4 91 Cincinnati Bengals
Stan Smagala Defensive Back 5 123 Dallas Cowboys
Ned Bolcar Linebacker 6 146 Seattle Seahawks
D’Juan Francisco Defensive Back 10 262 Washington Redskins
Dean Brown Guard 12 316 Indianapolis Colts

[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1989 Oct 22.
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1990.htm
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2008-01-02.