1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 21
AP No. 19
1996 record 8–3
Head coach Lou Holtz (11th season)
Defensive coordinator Bob Davie
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 25 Army           10 2  
Navy           9 3  
No. 19 Notre Dame           9 3  
East Carolina           8 3  
Louisiana Tech           6 5  
UAB           5 6  
UCF           5 6  
Southwestern Louisiana           5 6  
Northeast Louisiana           5 6  
Arkansas State           4 7  
Northern Illinois           1 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1996 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.

Notre Dame participated in the Emerald Isle Classic. The game was played on November 2 and Notre Dame beat Navy by a score of 54–27.

Rivalries[edit]

  • In the Holy War match against Boston College, Notre Dame beat BC to claim the Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl.
  • Notre Dame beat Purdue to claim the Shillelagh Trophy.
  • Notre Dame loses to USC in overtime, snapping a 13-game unbeaten streak against the Trojans.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 8:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt* No. 7 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPN W 14–7   41,523
September 14 2:30 p.m. Purdue* No. 10 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) NBC W 35–0   59,075
September 21 12:00 p.m. at No. 8 Texas* No. 9 Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC W 27–24   83,312
September 28 2:30 p.m. No. 4 Ohio State No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC L 16–29   59,075
October 12 2:30 p.m. No. 16 Washington* No. 12 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC W 54–20   59,075
October 19 2:30 p.m. Air Force* No. 9 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC L 17–20 OT  59,075
November 2 8:00 a.m. at Navy* No. 21 Croke ParkDublin, Ireland (Emerald Isle Classic/Rivalry) CBS W 54–27   38,651
November 9 3:30 p.m. at Boston College* No. 19 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA (Holy War) CBS W 48–21   44,500
November 16 1:30 p.m. Pittsburgh* No. 15 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry) NBC W 60–6   59,075
November 23 1:30 p.m. Rutgers* No. 13 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC W 62–0   59,075
November 30 8:00 p.m. at USC* No. 13 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 20–27 OT  90,296
#Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 88 Bobby Brown So
TE 98 Pete Chryplewicz Sr
RB 23 Autry Denson So
FB 44 Marc Edwards Sr
RB 31 Robert Framer Sr
QB 7 Jarious Jackson Fr
WR 83 Malcolm Johnson So
RB 26 Randy Kinder Sr
T 54 Luke Petitgout So
QB 3 Ron Powlus Sr
G 79 Mike Rosenthal So
T 71 Jerry Wisne So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 13 Bertrand Berry Sr
LB 6 Lyron Cobbins Sr
LB 27 Bobbie Howard So
LB 4 Kory Minor So
CB 15 Allen Rossum Jr
LB 2 Kinnon Tatum Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 8 Hunter Smith So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1995-1999)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.