Notre Dame Fighting Irish football (1990–99)

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1990[edit]

1990 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1990 record 9-3 ( Independent)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 9:00 p.m. #4 Michigan* #1 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN CBS W 28–24   59,075
September 22 3:30 p.m. at #24 Michigan State* #1 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 20–19   80,401
September 29 12:00 p.m. Purdue* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 37–11   59,075
October 6 12:00 p.m. Stanford* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN L 31–36   59,075
October 13 12:00 p.m. Air Force* #7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 57–27   59,075
October 20 3:30 p.m. #2 Miami (FL)* #6 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS W 29–20   59,075
October 27 7:45 p.m. at Pittsburgh* #3 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN W 31–22   56,500
November 3 12:00 p.m. vs. Navy* #2 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 52–31   70,382
November 10 2:30 p.m. at #9 Tennessee* #1 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN CBS W 34–29   97,123
November 17 4:00 p.m. #22 Penn State* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN L 21–24   59,075
November 24 8:00 p.m. at #18 Southern California* #7 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 10–6   91,639
January 1 8:00 p.m. vs. #1 Colorado* #6 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 9–10   77,062
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

#1 Notre Dame at #24 Michigan State
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 7 0 0 14 21
Michigan St 0 12 7 0 19

The Immaculate Deflection - Rick Mirer's 24-yard completion to Adrian Jarrell, which bounced off hands of MSU LB Todd Murray up and into Jarrell's arms at MSU 2. Three plays later, Culver scored. "There's definitely somebody looking out for us. There's somebody on our side," said Mirer.

  • Notre Dame's 60th victory as No. 1 ranked team & 5-0-1 vs. MSU when ranked #1


Stanford[edit]

#1 Notre Dame vs. Stanford
1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 7 8 14 7 36
Notre Dame 7 17 7 0 31


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 7 3 7 17 34
Tennessee 6 0 14 9 29


Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

  • Despite being drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League signed Raghib Ismail to a four-year contract worth 18 million dollars in April 1991.[2] The Ismail signing included four million dollars upfront.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

1991[edit]

1991 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Sugar Bowl champions
Sugar Bowl, W, 39–28, vs. Florida Gators
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #13
1991 record 10-3 ( Independent)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »

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

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 1:30 p.m. Indiana* #7 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC W 49–27   59,075
September 14 3:30 p.m. at #4 Michigan* #6 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 14–24   106,138
September 21 1:30 p.m. Michigan State* #11 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 49–10   59,075
September 28 12:00 PM at Purdue* #9 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 45–20   67,861
October 5 11:00 p.m. at Stanford* #8 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ESPN W 42–26   70,798
October 12 1:30 p.m. #12 Pittsburgh* #8 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 42–7   59,075
October 19 8:30 p.m. at Air Force* #5 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN W 28–15   52,024
October 26 1:30 p.m. Southern California* #5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 24–20   59,075
November 2 4:00 p.m. Navy* #5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 38–0   59,075
November 9 1:30 p.m. #13 Tennessee* #5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC L 34–35   59,075
November 16 3:30 p.m. at Penn State* #13 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 13–35   96,672
November 30 11:00 p.m. at Hawaii* #19 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI ESPN W 48–42   50,000
January 1 8:00 p.m. vs. #3 Florida* #18 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 39–28   76,447
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

1992[edit]

1992 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Cotton Bowl Classic champions
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #4
1992 record 10-1-1 ( Independent)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1991 1993 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 3:30 p.m. at Northwestern* #3 Soldier FieldChicago, IL ABC W 42–7   64,877
September 12 1:30 p.m. #5 Michigan* #3 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC T 17–17   59,075
September 19 3:30 p.m. at Michigan State* #7 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 52–31   76,188
September 26 1:30 p.m. Purdue* #6 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 48–0   59,075
October 3 1:30 p.m. #19 Stanford* #7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC L 16–33   59,075
October 10 7:45 p.m. at Pittsburgh* #14 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN W 52–21   52,155
October 24 1:30 p.m. Brigham Young* #10 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 42–16   59,075
October 31 1:00 p.m. vs. Navy* #10 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 38–7   58,769
November 7 1:30 p.m. #9 Boston College* #8 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 54–7   59,075
November 14 1:30 p.m. #21 Penn State* #8 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 17–16   59,075
November 28 8:00 p.m. at #23 Southern California* #5 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 31–23   90,063
January 1 1:00 p.m. vs. #3 Texas A&M* #5 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) NBC W 28–3   71,615
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 6 0 0 10 16
Notre Dame 3 3 3 8 17


Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

1993[edit]

1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Cotton Bowl Classic champions
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
1993 record 11-1 ( Independent)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1992 1994 »

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 Number 3 Nebraska (which would then move up to Number 2) in the Orange Bowl for the National Championship.[10]

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 Tds, including 22 points in the last 11 minutes, but the game would forever be remembered on Boston College's last drive as their place kicker David Gordon kicked a 41-yard field goal with no time left in the game, ending Notre Dame's bid for a National Championship.

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 2:30 p.m. Northwestern* #6 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC W 27–12   59,075
September 11 12:00 PM at #2 Michigan* #10 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 27–23   106,851
September 18 2:30 p.m. Michigan State* #5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 36–14   59,075
September 25 3:30 p.m. at Purdue* #4 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 17–0   67,861
October 2 3:30 p.m. at Stanford* #4 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC W 48–20   80,300
October 9 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh* #4 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 44–0   59,075
October 16 7:30 p.m. at Brigham Young* #3 Cougar StadiumProvo, UT ESPN W 45–20   66,247
October 23 2:30 p.m. Southern California* #2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 31–13   59,075
October 30 12:00 PM vs. Navy (Philadelphia)* #2 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA ABC W 58–27   61,813
November 13 2:30 p.m. #1 Florida State* #2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 31–24   59,075
November 20 1:30 p.m. #12 Boston College* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC L 39–41   59,075
January 1 4:30 p.m. vs. #6 Texas A&M* #4 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) NBC W 24–21   69,855
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 7 0 0 7 14
Notre Dame 0 16 13 7 36


USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 7 0 6 13
Notre Dame 14 14 3 0 31

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Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 3 14 21 20 58
Navy 10 14 3 0 27

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

1994[edit]

1994 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1994 record 6-5-1 ( Independent)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1993 1995 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 8:00 p.m. at Northwestern (Chicago)* #4 Soldier FieldChicago, IL ABC W 42–15   66,946
September 10 2:30 p.m. #5 Michigan* #4 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC L 24–26   59,075
September 17 3:30 p.m. at Michigan State* #9 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 21–20   74,183
September 24 2:30 p.m. Purdue* #9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 39–21   59,075
October 1 2:30 p.m. Stanford* #7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 33–15   59,075
October 8 12:00 PM at Boston College* #7 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ABC L 11–30   44,500
October 15 2:30 p.m. #25 Brigham Young* #16 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC L 14–21   59,075
October 29 2:30 p.m. Navy* Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 58–21   59,075
November 12 12:00 PM vs. #6 Florida State* Citrus BowlOrlando, FL ABC L 16–23   72,868
November 19 1:30 p.m. Air Force* Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 42–30   59,075
November 26 8:00 p.m. at #17 Southern California* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC T 17–17   90,217
January 2 4:30 p.m. vs. #5 Colorado* Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC L 24–41   73,968
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

1995[edit]

1995 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Orange Bowl, L, 26–31, vs. Florida State
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #11
1995 record 9-3 ( )
Head coach Lou Holtz
Captain Paul Grasmanis
Captain Derrick Mayes
Captain Shawn Wooden
Captain Dusty Ziegler
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1994 1996 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 2:30 p.m. Northwestern* #8 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC L 15–17   59,075
September 9 3:30 p.m. at Purdue* Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 35–28   70,569
September 16 2:30 p.m. Vanderbilt* #24 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 41–0   59,075
September 23 12:30 p.m. #10 Texas* #21 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 55–27   59,075
September 30 3:30 p.m. at #6 Ohio State* #14 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 26–45   95,537
October 7 3:30 p.m. at #15 Washington* #23 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC W 29–21   74,023
October 14 12:00 PM at Army* #21 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ ABC W 28–27   74,218
October 21 2:30 p.m. #5 Southern California* #22 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 38–10   59,075
October 28 4:00 p.m. Boston College* #15 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 20–10   59,075
November 4 1:30 p.m. Navy* #10 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 35–17   59,075
November 18 7:45 p.m. at Air Force* #10 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN W 44–14   54,482
January 1 8:00 p.m. vs. #8 Florida State* #9 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) CBS L 26–31   72,198
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Army[edit]

#17 Notre Dame at Army
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 14 7 7 0 28
Army 7 0 7 13 27

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

1996[edit]

1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #21
AP #19
1996 record 8-3 ( Independent)
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »

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* #7 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPN W 14–7   41,523
September 14 2:30 p.m. Purdue* #10 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC W 35–0   59,075
September 21 12:00 p.m. at #8 Texas* #9 Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC W 27–24   83,312
September 28 2:30 p.m. #4 Ohio State #5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC L 16–29   59,075
October 12 2:30 p.m. #16 Washington* #12 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 54–20   59,075
October 19 2:30 p.m. Air Force* #9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC L 17–20 OT  59,075
November 2 8:00 a.m. at Navy* #21 Croke ParkDublin, Ireland (Emerald Isle Classic) CBS W 54–27   38,651
November 9 3:30 p.m. at Boston College* #19 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA CBS W 48–21   44,500
November 16 1:30 p.m. Pittsburgh* #15 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 60–6   59,075
November 23 1:30 p.m. Rutgers* #13 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 62–0   59,075
November 30 8:00 p.m. at Southern California* #13 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC L 20–27 OT  90,296
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

1997[edit]

1997 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Independence Bowl vs. LSU, L, 27–9
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1997 record 7-6 ( Independent)
Head coach Bob Davie
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »

Please see: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football under Bob Davie for schedule and scores

Rivalries[edit]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

1998[edit]

1998 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, L, 35–28
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #22
AP #22
1998 record 9-3 ( Independent)
Head coach Bob Davie
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1997 1999 »

Please see: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football under Bob Davie for schedule and scores

Rivalries[edit]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Luke Petitgout Tackle 1 19 New York Giants
Jerry Wisne Tackle 5 143 Chicago Bears
Mike Rosenthal Tackle 5 149 New York Giants
Malcolm Johnson Wide Receiver 5 166 Pittsburgh Steelers
Hunter Smith Punter 7 210 Indianapolis Colts
Autry Denson Running Back 7 233 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kory Minor Linebacker 7 234 San Francisco 49ers

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1999[edit]

1999 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1999 record 5-7 ( Independent)
Head coach Bob Davie
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1998 2000 »

Please see: Notre Dame Fighting Irish football under Bob Davie for schedule and scores

Rivalries[edit]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Notre Dame | 1990 | College Football Reference
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  3. ^ Drake, Stephen (2009). Weird Facts about Canadian Football: Strange, Wacky and Hilarious Stories. OverTime Books. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3. 
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  6. ^ a b "Winners & Finalists". Rotary Club of Houston. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Notre Dame | 1991 | College Football Reference
  9. ^ Notre Dame | 1992 | College Football Reference
  10. ^ Fighting Irish Win Game of the Century The Tech (MIT newspaper) Mike Duffy and Andrew Heitner. Volume 113, Issue 59 : Friday, November 19, 1993
  11. ^ Notre Dame | 1993 | College Football Reference
  12. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 24.
  13. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 31.
  14. ^ Notre Dame | 1994 | College Football Reference
  15. ^ a b Notre Dame | 1996 | College Football Reference
  16. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1995 Oct 15.
  17. ^ 1999 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com