1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1993 record 11–1
Head coach Lou Holtz (8th season)
Captain Jeff Burris
Captain Tim Ruddy
Captain Aaron Taylor
Captain Bryant Young
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1992
1994 →
1993 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Notre Dame         11 1 0
No. 24 Louisville         9 3 0
Cincinnati         8 3 0
Army         6 5 0
Memphis         6 5 0
Tulsa         4 6 1
Navy         4 7 0
Tulane         3 9 0
Southern Miss         2 8 1
East Carolina         2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1993 college football season.[1] The team was coached by Lou Holtz and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

On November 13, Notre Dame played Florida State in a matchup of unbeatens, the winner of this game, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, was certain to play #3 Nebraska (which would then move up to #2) in the Orange Bowl for the national championship.[2]

The next week, they faced Boston College in one of the best games of the year, the Notre Dame offense piled up 427 yards of offense, scored 5 touchdowns, including 22 points in the last 11 minutes, but the game would forever be remembered on Boston College's last drive as their kicker David Gordon hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to win it 41–39, ending Notre Dame's bid for a national title.

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 2:30 p.m. Northwestern* No. 6 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) NBC W 27–12   59,075
September 11 12:00 p.m. at No. 2 Michigan* No. 10 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC W 27–23   106,851
September 18 2:30 p.m. Michigan State* No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 36–14   59,075
September 25 3:30 p.m. at Purdue* No. 4 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ABC W 17–0   67,861
October 2 3:30 p.m. at Stanford* No. 4 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Legends Trophy) ABC W 48–20   80,300
October 9 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh* No. 4 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC W 44–0   59,075
October 16 7:30 p.m. at BYU* No. 3 Cougar StadiumProvo, UT ESPN W 45–20   66,247
October 23 2:30 p.m. USC* No. 2 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) NBC W 31–13   59,075
October 30 12:00 p.m. vs. Navy* No. 2 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 58–27   61,813
November 13 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida State* No. 2 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC W 31–24   59,075
November 20 1:30 p.m. No. 16 Boston College* No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Holy War) NBC L 41–39   59,075
January 1, 1994 4:30 p.m. vs. No. 6 Texas A&M* No. 4 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) NBC W 24–21   69,855
#Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan St 7 007 14
Notre Dame 0 16137 36

USC[edit]

1 234Total
USC 0 706 13
Notre Dame 14 1430 31

[3]

Navy[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 3 142120 58
Navy 10 1430 27

[4]

Roster[edit]

1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 37 Travis Davis Jr
WR 87 Lake Dawson Sr
WR 1 Derrick Mayes So
TE 80 Oscar McBride Sr
QB 15 Kevin McDougal Sr
C 61 Tim Ruddy Sr
T 75 Aaron Taylor Sr
RB 34 Ray Zellars Jr
C 77 Dusty Zeigler So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 47 Pete Bercich Sr
S 9 Jeff Burris Sr
CB 32 Willie Clark Sr
CB 29 John Covington Sr
DT 44 Jim Flanigan Sr
DT 55 Oliver Gibson Sr
DT 93 Paul Grasmanis So
LB 49 Tony Peterson Sr
CB 21 Bobby Taylor So
CB 22 Shawn Wooden So
DE 48 Renaldo Wynn So
DE 97 Bryant Young Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Bryant Young Defensive tackle 1 7 San Francisco 49ers
Aaron Taylor Tackle 1 16 Green Bay Packers
Jeff Burris Cornerback 1 27 Buffalo Bills
Tim Ruddy Center 2 65 Miami Dolphins
Jim Flanigan Defensive tackle 3 74 Chicago Bears
Willie Clark Cornerback 3 82 San Diego Chargers
Lake Dawson Wide Receiver 3 92 Kansas City Chiefs
John Covington Safety 5 133 Indianapolis Colts
Tony Peterson Linebacker 5 153 San Francisco 49ers
Pete Bercich Linebacker 7 211 Minnesota Vikings

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fighting Irish Win Game of the Century The Tech (MIT newspaper) Mike Duffy and Andrew Heitner. Volume 113, Issue 59 : Friday, November 19, 1993
  3. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 24.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 31.