1991 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1991 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 39–28 vs. Florida
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 13
1991 record 10–3
Head coach Lou Holtz (6th season)
Captain Rodney Culver
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1990
1992 →
1991 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 9 East Carolina         11 1 0
No. 4 Florida State         11 2 0
No. 3 Penn State         11 2 0
No. 21 Tulsa         10 2 0
Louisiana Tech         8 1 2
No. 13 Notre Dame         10 3 0
Akron         5 6 0
Memphis         5 6 0
Army         4 7 0
Cincinnati         4 7 0
Southern Miss         4 7 0
South Carolina         3 6 2
Southwestern Louisiana         2 8 1
Louisville         2 9 0
Northern Illinois         2 9 0
Arkansas State         1 10 0
Navy         1 10 0
Tulane         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1991 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1991 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.

Starting on September 7, 1991, the National Broadcasting Company started televising Notre Dame Home football games.[2] Notre Dame became the first Division 1-A football team to have all of its home games televised exclusively by one television network.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 1:30 p.m. Indiana* No. 7 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC W 49–27   59,075
September 14 3:30 p.m. at No. 4 Michigan* No. 6 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC L 14–24   106,138
September 21 1:30 p.m. Michigan State* No. 11 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 49–10   59,075
September 28 12:00 p.m. at Purdue* No. 9 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ABC W 45–20   67,861
October 5 11:00 p.m. at Stanford* No. 8 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Legends Trophy) ESPN W 42–26   70,798
October 12 1:30 p.m. No. 12 Pittsburgh* No. 8 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC W 42–7   59,075
October 19 8:30 p.m. at Air Force* No. 5 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN W 28–15   52,024
October 26 1:30 p.m. USC* No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) NBC W 24–20   59,075
November 2 4:00 p.m. Navy* No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry) NBC W 38–0   59,075
November 9 1:30 p.m. No. 13 Tennessee* No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC L 34–35   59,075
November 16 3:30 p.m. at Penn State* No. 13 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 13–35   96,672
November 30 11:00 p.m. at Hawaii* No. 19 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI ESPN W 48–42   50,000
January 1, 1992 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 3 Florida* No. 18 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 39–28   76,447
#Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1991 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 6 Jerome Bettis So
TE 86 Derek Brown Sr
T 65 Lindsay Knapp Jr
TE 80 Oscar McBride So
QB 3 Rick Mirer Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 97 Bryant Young 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 Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Sandomir, Richard (1991-08-25). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Notre Dame Scored a $38 Million Touchdown on Its TV Deal". New York Times. nyyimes.com. Retrieved 2008-04-06.