1977 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1977 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Consensus national champion
Cotton Bowl Classic, W 38–10 vs. Texas
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1977 record 11–1
Head coach Dan Devine (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Merv Johnson (3rd year)
Offensive scheme Pro set
Defensive coordinator Joe Yonto
Base defense 4–3
Captain Terry Eurick
Captain Willie Fry
Captain Steve Orsini
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Notre Dame           11 1 0
#5 Penn State           11 1 0
Colgate           10 1 0
#16 San Diego State           10 1 0
Tennessee State           8 1 1
#14 Florida State           10 2 0
North Texas State           10 1 0*
#8 Pittsburgh           9 2 1
East Carolina           8 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
Army           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 1
Boston College           6 5 0
Cincinnati           5 4 2
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Memphis           6 5 0
Northwestern State           6 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Temple           5 5 1
Hawaii           5 6 0
Navy           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
South Carolina           5 7 0
Utah State           4 7 0
Villanova           4 7 0
Illinois State           3 7 1
Virginia Tech           3 7 1
Indiana State           3 7 0
Miami (FL)           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Tulane           3 8 0
Air Force           2 8 1
Holy Cross           2 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           2 9 0
  • North Texas State (originally 9–2–0) awarded a forfeit win after UCLA was found to be using an ineligible player.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. The Irish, coached by Dan Devine, ended the season with 11 wins and one loss, winning the national championship. The Fighting Irish won the title by defeating the previously unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl Classic by a score of a 38–0.[2] The 1977 squad became the tenth Irish team to win the national title and were led by All-Americans Ken MacAfee, Ross Browner, Luther Bradley, and Bob Golic. Junior Joe Montana, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer, was the team's starting quarterback.

Season[edit]

Dan Devine entered his third year as head coach, coming off of a 9–3 season in 1976 that culminated in a Gator Bowl win over Penn State .[3] Devine returned a highly touted defense, featuring 1976 Outland Trophy winner Ross Browner, defensive end Willie Fry, and All-American linebacker Bob Golic.[3] On offense, quarterback Joe Montana earned the starting job and led an offense that included running backs Jerome Heavens and Vagas Ferguson and All-American tight end Ken MacAfee.[3] Montana, earned a reputation as "the comeback kid", had two come from behind victories in the fourth quarter, against Purdue and Clemson, down 17 and 10 respectively.[3] After a surprising loss to unranked Ole Miss, patience among the fans was running thin, who considered Devine's previous 8–3 and 9–3 seasons as lackluster compared to the team success under Devine's predecessor, Ara Parseghian.[4] The Irish rebounded to win their remaining games, including a 49–19 rout of USC in the now famous "Green Jersey Game."[4] The Irish earned a berth in the Cotton Bowl Classic, where they defeated No. 1 and unbeaten Texas by a score of 38–10 to capture Notre Dame's tenth national title.[3] The Irish leaped four spots in the polls after the Cotton Bowl Classic victory to claim the consensus title.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 3:50 p.m. at No. 7 Pittsburgh No. 3 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ABC W 19–9   56,500
September 17 2:30 p.m. vs. Ole Miss No. 3 Memorial StadiumJackson, MS L 13–20   48,200
September 24 2:30 p.m. at Purdue No. 11 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 31–24   68,966
October 1 2:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 14 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) W 16–6   59,075
October 15 1:30 p.m. vs. Army No. 11 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Rivalry) W 24–0   72,594
October 22 1:50 p.m. No. 5 USC No. 11 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC W 49–19   59,075
October 29 2:30 p.m. Navy No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) W 43–10   59,075
November 5 1:30 p.m. Georgia Tech No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 69–14   59,075
November 12 1:30 p.m. at No. 15 Clemson No. 5 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 21–17   54,189
November 19 1:30 p.m. Air Force No. 6 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 49–0   59,075
December 3 8:00 p.m. at Miami No. 5 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 48–10   35,789
January 2, 1978 2:00 p.m. vs. No. 1 Texas No. 5 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 38–10   76,701
#Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at
Notre Dame
Dan Devine Head Coach 3rd
Merv Johnson Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line
3rd
Brian Boulac Recruiting Coordinator
Offensive Line
8th
Hank Kuhlmann Offensive Backs
Special Teams
3rd
Ron Toman Quarterbacks
Receivers
3rd
Tony Yelovich Guards and Centers 3rd
Joe Yonto Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Line
14th
Jim Johnson Defensive Backs 2nd
George Kelly Linebackers 9th
Francis Peay Junior Varsity 1st
Ross Stephenson Scouting
Volunteer Assistant
3rd

Game summaries[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

Ole Miss[edit]

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 14 0 17 31
Purdue 10 14 0 0 24

[5]

Michigan State[edit]

Michigan St at #14 Notre Dame
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 3 0 3 0 6
Notre Dame 0 10 6 0 16

Army[edit]

USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 7 0 12 19
Notre Dame 7 15 13 14 49

Notre Dame wore green jerseys for the first time since their 1963 game against Syracuse.

[6]

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Navy 0 0 3 7 10
Notre Dame 7 9 14 13 43
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, Indiana
  • Game attendance: 59,075

Notre Dame wore green jerseys for the second straight week.

[7]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Clemson[edit]

Air Force[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Notre Dame 14 6 21 7 48
Miami (FL) 0 10 0 0 10
  • Date: December 3
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 35,789

[8]

Cotton Bowl[edit]

Post-season[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Heisman Trophy voting

Ken MacAfee, 3rd[12]
Ross Browner, 5th[12]

All-Americans

Name AP UPI NEA FC SN FW FN WCF CW
Ross Browner, DE 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ken MacAfee, TE 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Luther Bradley, DB 2 1 2 1 1 1
Ernie Hughes, G 2 2
Bob Golic, MG (MLB) 2 2 2
Willie Fry, DE 2
Ted Bergmeier, DB 2
†denotes unanimous selection
‡denotes consensus selection Source:[2]

College Football Hall of Fame inductees

Name Position Year Inducted
Ross Browner Defensive end 1999
Dan Devine Coach 1985
Ken MacAfee Tight end 1997

[13]

1978 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Ken MacAfee Tight end 1(7) 7 San Francisco 49ers
Ross Browner Defensive end 1(8) 8 Cincinnati Bengals
Luther Bradley Defensive back 1(11) 11 Detroit Lions
Willie Fry Defensive end 2(23) 49 Pittsburgh Steelers
Ernie Hughes Guard 3(23) 79 San Francisco 49ers
Ted Burgmeier Defensive back 5(1) 111 Miami Dolphins
Steve McDaniels Tackle 9(27) 249 San Francisco 49ers
Doug Becker Linebacker 10(18) 268 Pittsburgh Steelers
Source:[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1977-standings.html
  2. ^ a b "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: History and Records (pages 131-175)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved December 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: 2007 Supplement (page 164)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved December 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Walters, John (July 21, 2004). Notre Dame Golden Moments. Rutledge Hill Press. ISBN 1-59186-042-3. 
  5. ^ "Wolves Subdue Stubborn Navy; Notre Dame Overcomes Purdue." Ocala Star-Banner. September 25, 1977.
  6. ^ "Green Irish thump Trojans." Eugene Register-Guard. October 23, 1977.
  7. ^ "Irish wear green and don't need it, 43-10." Eugene Register-Guard. October 30, 1977.
  8. ^ Palm Beach Post. December 4, 1977. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "Winners & Finalists". Rotary Club of Houston. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  10. ^ "The Maxwell Award Collegiate Player of the Year: Past Recipients". The Maxwell Football Club. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards (Page 3)". The Walter Camp Foundation. Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Heisman Voting". und.cstv.com. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  13. ^ "College Football Hall of Famers.". collegefootball.org. Retrieved December 30, 2008. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Notre Dame NFL Draft History". uhnd.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2008.