1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Consensus national champion
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1966 record 9–0–1
Head coach Ara Parseghian (3rd year)
Base defense 4–4
Captain Jim Lynch
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1965 1967 »
1966 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Notre Dame           9 0 1
Colgate           8 1 1
#8 Georgia Tech           9 2 0
Army           8 2 0
Dayton           8 2 0
Houston           8 2 0
Memphis           7 2 0
#9 Miami (FL)           8 2 1
Virginia Tech           8 2 1
Syracuse           8 3 0
Colorado State           7 3 0
New Mexico State           7 3 0
West Texas A&M           7 3 0
Villanova           6 3 0
Holy Cross           6 3 1
Southern Miss           6 4 0
UTEP           6 4 0
Rutgers           5 4 0
Tulane           5 4 1
Florida State           6 5 0
Buffalo           5 5 0
Penn State           5 5 0
Tampa           4 5 0
Air Force           4 6 0
Boston College           4 6 0
Idaho           4 6 0
Navy           4 6 0
Utah State           4 6 0
Xavier           4 6 0
Pacific           4 7 0
San Jose State           3 7 0
Pittsburgh           1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1966 college football season. The Irish, coached by Ara Parseghian, ended the season undefeated with nine wins and one tie, winning a national championship. The Fighting Irish earned a consensus title after beating No. 10 Oklahoma 38–0 in Norman, tying unbeaten and No. 2 Michigan State 10–10, and ending the season defeating No. 10 USC, 51–0, in the Coliseum[1] The 1966 squad became the eighth Irish team to win the national title and the first under Parseghian. The Irish outscored its opponents 362–38.[1] The 10–10 tie between The Spartans and the Irish remains one of the controversial games of college football, and is considered today to be one of the great "games of the century".[2]

Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 24 No. 8 Purdue No. 6 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 26-14   59,075
October 1 at Northwestern No. 4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL (Rivalry) W 35-7   55,356
October 8 Army No. 3 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) W 35-0   59,075
October 15 North Carolina No. 2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 32-0   59,075
October 22 at No. 10 Oklahoma No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 38-0   63,439
October 29 vs. Navy No. 1 JFK StadiumPhiladelphia, PA (Rivalry) W 31-7   70,101
November 5 Pittsburgh No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 40-0   59,075
November 12 Duke No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 64-0   59,075
November 19 at No. 2 Michigan State No. 1 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) T 10-10   80,011
November 26 at No. 10 USC No. 1 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) W 51-0   88,520
#Rankings from AP. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at
Notre Dame
Ara Parseghian Head Coach 3rd
Tom Pagna Offensive Backs 3rd
George Sefcik Receivers 3rd
Jerry Wampfler Offensive Line 1st
John Ray Defensive Line
Linebackers
3rd
Paul Shoults Defensive Backs 3rd
Joe Yonto Asst. Defensive Line 3rd
Wally Moore Freshmen 3rd
John Murphy Asst. Freshmen 5th

Game summaries[edit]

Purdue[edit]

Purdue at Notre Dame
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 7 0 0 7 14
Notre Dame 7 7 0 12 26

[3]

Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 17 21 0 38
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0

[4]

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 3 7 14 7 31
Navy 0 0 0 7 7

[5]

Michigan State[edit]

Notre Dame at Michigan State
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 0 3 10
Michigan St 0 10 0 0 10

[6]

USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 14 17 13 7 51
USC 0 0 0 0 0

[7]

Post-season[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Heisman Voting:

Nick Eddy, 3rd,[9]
Terry Hanratty, 6th[9]

All-Americans:

Name AP UPI NEA FC SN L T CP FN
† Nick Eddy, HB 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
† Jim Lynch, LB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Tom Regner, G 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Alan Page, DE 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Pete Duranko, DT 3 1 1 2
Kevin Hardy, DT 2 2 3 1 1 1
Jim Seymour, E 3 2 2 3 1
Paul Seiler, T 3 2
George Goeddeke, C 3 2 3 3
Tom Schoen, DB 3 2
Larry Conjar, FB 3 3 3 1
Terry Hanratty, QB 3 3
denotes unanimous selection
‡denotes consensus selection      Source:[1]

College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:

Name Position Year Inducted
Jim Lynch Linebacker 1992
Alan Page Defensive End 1993
Ara Parseghian Coach 1980

[10] Notre Dame leads all universities in players inducted.

1967 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Paul Seiler Guard 1(12) 12 New York Jets
† Alan Page Defensive End 1(15) 15 Minnesota Vikings
Thomas Regner Guard 1(23) 23 Houston Oilers
Larry Conjar Running Back 2(20) 46 Cleveland Browns
Jim Lynch Linebacker 2(21) 47 Kansas City Chiefs
George Goeddeke Center 3(6) 59 Denver Broncos
Tom Rhoads Defensive End 3(17) 70 Buffalo Bills
Allen Sack Linebacker 16(15) 408 Los Angeles Rams
Pro Football Hall of Famer      Source:[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: History and Records (pages 131-175)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  2. ^ Mike Celzic. The Biggest Game of Them All: Notre Dame, Michigan State and the Fall of 1966. ISBN 0-671-75817-9. 
  3. ^ "Irish Uncover Soph Aerial Attack, Smash Purdue." Eugene Register-Guard. 1966 Sep 25.
  4. ^ "ND Stomps Sooners." Palm Beach Post. 1966 Oct 23.
  5. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1966 Oct 30.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Army Borrows 'Air Force'; Irish Rout Troy." Eugene Register-Guard. 1966 Nov 27.
  8. ^ "The Maxwell Award Collegiate Player of the Year: Past Recipients". The Maxwell Football Club. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  9. ^ a b "Heisman Voting". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  10. ^ "College Football Hall of Famers.". collegefootball.org. Retrieved 2008-12-30. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Notre Dame NFL Draft History". uhnd.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-30.