1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Conference Independent
1987 record 8-4
Head coach Lou Holtz (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Foge Fazio
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »

The 1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented Notre Dame University during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. Tony Rice became the starting quarterback for Notre Dame following an injury to Terry Andrysiak. The Irish would finish the season 8-4 and earn a berth to the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 3:30 p.m. at #9 Michigan* #16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 26–7   106,098
September 19 7:45 p.m. #17 Michigan State* #9 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ESPN W 31–8   59,075
September 26 12:00 pm at Purdue* #8 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 44–20   68,528
October 10 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh* #4 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN L 22–30   56,400
October 17 3:30 pm at Air Force* #11 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 35–14   51,112
October 24 2:30 p.m. Southern California* #10 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS W 26–15   59,075
October 31 12:00 pm Navy* #9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 56–13   59,075
November 7 12:00 pm Boston College* #9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 32–25   59,075
November 14 2:30 p.m. #10 Alabama* #7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS W 37–6   59,075
November 21 12:00 pm at Penn State* #7 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA CBS L 20–21   84,000
November 28 3:30 p.m. at #2 Miami* #10 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 0–24   76,640
January 1 1:30 p.m. vs. Texas A&M* #12 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS L 10–35   73,006
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

#16 Notre Dame at #9 Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
• Notre Dame 10 0 7 9 26
Michigan 0 0 7 0 7

Terry Andrysiak completed 11 of 15 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while Notre Dame converted four of Michigan's seven turnovers into scores.

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Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 0 0 0 8 8
• Notre Dame 19 5 7 0 31


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Notre Dame 10 7 14 13 44
Purdue 0 17 3 0 20

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Pittsburgh[edit]

Air Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Notre Dame 14 0 14 7 35
Air Force 0 7 0 7 14

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USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 7 0 0 8 15
• Notre Dame 3 17 6 0 26

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Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Navy 0 6 0 7 13
• Notre Dame 14 21 14 7 56

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Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boston College 7 10 8 0 25
• Notre Dame 6 0 12 14 32
  • ND: Mark Green 152 Rush Yds
  • ND: Tim Brown 294 all-purpose Yds

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Alabama[edit]

Penn State[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

Cotton Bowl[edit]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Tim Brown Wide Receiver 1 6 Los Angeles Raiders
Tom Redehr Tackle 3 69 New England Patriots
Chuck Lanza Center 3 70 Pittsburgh Steelers
Cedric Figaro Linebacker 6 152 San Diego Chargers
Brandy Wells Defensive Back 9 226 Cincinnati Bengals

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1987
  2. ^ "Notre Dame accepts Michigan's charity." Gainesville Sun. 1987 Sept 13.
  3. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Sept 28.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 18.
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 25.
  6. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 1.
  7. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 8.
  8. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1988.htm