1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Cotton Bowl, W 35-34 vs. Houston
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #7
1978 record 9–3
Head coach Dan Devine
Captain Bob Golic
Captain Jerome Heavens
Captain Joe Montana
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »

The 1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1978 college football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 2:30pm Missouri #5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 0–3   59,075
September 23 12:50pm #5 Michigan #14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry) ABC L 14–28   59,075
September 30 2:30pm Purdue Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 10–6   59,075
October 7 1:30pm at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) W 29–25   77,087
October 14 12:40pm #9 Pittsburgh Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN ABC W 26–17   59,075
October 21 3:30pm at Air Force #20 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 38–15   35,425
October 28 2:30pm Miami #19 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 20–0   59,075
November 4 1:50pm vs. #11 Navy #15 Cleveland Municipal StadiumCleveland, OH W 27–7   63,780
November 11 1:30pm Tennessee #14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 31–14   59,075
November 18 1:30pm at #20 Georgia Tech #10 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 38–21   54,526
November 25 4:10pm at #3 USC #8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 25–27   84,256
January 1 2:00pm vs. #9 Houston #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (1979 Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 35–34   32,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

The Cotton Bowl win was Notre Dame's 600th victory in school history. [1]

Game notes[edit]

Pitt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 0 10 0 7 17
Notre Dame 7 0 0 19 26

Notre Dame handed Pittsburgh is first loss of the season. Jerome Heavens, who had never seen Knute Rockne, All American, surpassed George Gipp on the school's all-time rushing list. Heavens passed Gipp on his 24th carry but lost yardage on his 25th before moving pass him for good on his 26th attempt. ""I think the Gipper tackled me on that," Heavens said.

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