1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
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
VPI           8 2 1
Syracuse           8 3 0
Colorado State           7 3 0
New Mexico State           7 3 0
West Texas State           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
Air Force           4 6 0
Boston College           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]

Roster[edit]

1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 28 Bleier, RockyRocky Bleier
RB 32 Conjar, LarryLarry Conjar
RB 21 Criniti, FrankFrank Criniti
RB 38 Dushney, RonRon Dushney
RB 47 Eddy, NickNick Eddy
G 68 Fox, RogerRoger Fox
RB 20 Gladieux, BobBob Gladieux
TE 80 Gmitter, DonDon Gmitter
C 54 Goeddeke, GeorgeGeorge Goeddeke
G 57 Gorman, TimTim Gorman
RB 22 Haley, DaveDave Haley
WR 86 Heneghan, CurtCurt Heneghan
QB 5 Hanratty, TerryTerry Hanratty
C 58 Kelly, GeraldGerald Kelly
T 73 Konieczny, RudyRudy Konieczny
G 75 Kuechenberg, BobBob Kuechenberg
TE 78 Kuzmicz, MikeMike Kuzmicz
G 69 Marsico, JoeJoe Marsico
RB 31 May, PaulPaul May
T 79 McKinley, TomTom McKinley
C 55 Monty, TimTim Monty
QB 3 O’Brien, ColeyColey O’Brien
G 62 Quinn, SteveSteve Quinn
WR 89 Rassas, KevinKevin Rassas
G 76 Regner, TomTom Regner
T 70 Schnurr, FredFred Schnurr
T 71 Seiler, PaulPaul Seiler
WR 85 Seymour, JimJim Seymour
WR 49 Stenger, BrianBrian Stenger
G 59 Swatland, DickDick Swatland
TE 96 Winegardner, JimJim Winegardner
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 77 Alexander, HarryHarry Alexander
S 33 Burgener, MikeMike Burgener
DT 64 Duranko, PetePete Duranko
DT 75 Hardy, KevinKevin Hardy
CB 34 Harshman, DanDan Harshman
LB 51 Horney, JohnJohn Horney
LB 65 Jeziorski, RonRon Jeziorski
DE 93 Lauck, ChickChick Lauck
LB 41 Lavin, JohnJohn Lavin
CB 40 O’Leary, TomTom O’Leary
LB 61 Lynch, JimJim Lynch
LB 56 Martin, DaveDave Martin
LB 60 McGill, MikeMike McGill
DT 72 Norri, EricEric Norri
DE 81 Page, AlanAlan Page
LB 50 Pergine, JohnJohn Pergine
CB 19 Quinn, TomTom Quinn
DE 87 Rhoads, TomTom Rhoads
DE 88 Sack, AllenAllen Sack
S 7 Schoen, TomTom Schoen
DE 94 Skoglund, BillBill Skoglund
CB 25 Smithberger, JimJim Smithberger
LB 89 VanHuffel, AlAl VanHuffel
LB 54 Vuillemin, EdEd Vuillemin
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 90 Azzaro, JoeJoe Azzaro
K 11 Ryan, JimJim Ryan
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

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.

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.