1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Cotton Bowl champion
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 7
1978 record 9–3
Head coach Dan Devine (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Merv Johnson (4th season)
Captain Bob Golic
Captain Jerome Heavens
Captain Joe Montana
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas State           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
No. 7 Notre Dame           9 3 0
Rutgers           9 3 0
Florida State           8 3 0
Temple           7 3 1
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Holy Cross           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           6 4 1
Georgia Tech           7 5 0
Hawaii           6 5 0
Miami           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 5 1
William & Mary           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Army           4 6 1
Memphis State           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Virginia Tech           4 7 0
Air Force           3 8 0
Colgate           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Syracuse           3 8 0
Illinois State           2 9 0
West Virginia           2 9 0
Boston College           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 2:30 p.m. Missouri No. 5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 0–3   59,075
September 23 12:50 p.m. No. 5 Michigan No. 14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry) ABC L 14–28   59,075
September 30 2:30 p.m. Purdue Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 10–6   59,075
October 7 1:30 p.m. at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) W 29–25   77,087
October 14 12:40 p.m. No. 9 Pittsburgh Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN ABC W 26–17   59,075
October 21 3:30 p.m. at Air Force No. 20 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 38–15   35,425
October 28 2:30 p.m. Miami No. 19 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 20–0   59,075
November 4 1:50 p.m. vs. No. 11 Navy No. 15 Cleveland Municipal StadiumCleveland, OH (Rivalry) W 27–7   63,780
November 11 1:30 p.m. Tennessee No. 14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 31–14   59,075
November 18 1:30 p.m. at No. 20 Georgia Tech No. 10 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 38–21   54,526
November 25 4:10 p.m. at No. 3 USC No. 8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 25–27   84,256
January 1, 1979 2:00 p.m. vs. No. 9 Houston No. 10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (1979 Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 35–34   32,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Personnel[edit]

1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
HB Tyrone Barber
FB Tony Belden
FL Mike Boushka
FB Pete Buchanan
C Bob Burger
SE Dave Condeni
FL Mike Courey
C 53 Jeff Crippin Jr
TE Marty Detmer
RB Steve Dover
HB Vagas Ferguson
OT 73 Tim Foley Jr
TE Dennis Grindinger
SE 83 Kris Haines
TE Kevin Hart
OG Jim Hautman
FB Jerome Heavens (C)
FL Pete Holohan So
OG Ted Horansky Injured
OG Larry Hufford
C 56 Dave Huffman Sr
OG 78 Tim Huffman So
QB Greg Knaflec
QB Tim Koegel
OG John Leon
OT Rob Martinovich Jr
TE Dean Masztak
OT Keith McCormick
OG Howard Meyer
OG Ron Mishler
FB Dave Mitchell
QB 3 Joe Montana (C) Sr
E Lou Pagley
FB Pete Pallas
OT Phil Pozderac
OT John Scully
HB Jim Stone
E Tim Tripp
TE Nick Vehr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT Tom Bock
CB Dick Boushka
S Jim Browner
CB Rick Buehner
DT Mike Calhoun
DE Jay Case
S Steve Cichy
LB Bob Crable
DB Angelo Fasano
CB 25 Tom Flynn Sr
CB Tom Gibbons
LB 55 Bob Golic (C) Sr
DE Joe Gramke
DE John Hankred
S 10 Randy Harrison
LB Steve Hartwig
LB Steve Heimkreiter
LB Pete Johnson
S Phil Johnson
CB John Krimm
LB Bobby Leopold
DE Pat Kramer
LB Brendan Moynihan
DE Hardy Rayam
S, P Joe Restic
DT John Thomas
CB 34 Dave Waymer Jr
DT Jeff Weston
OLB Mike Whittington
DT Tom Wroblewski
DE Scott Zettek
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK Chuck Male
PK Joe Unis
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2015-12-20

Game summaries[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 234Total
Pittsburgh 0 1007 17
Notre Dame 7 0019 26

Notre Dame handed Pittsburgh is first loss of the season. Jerome Heavens, who had never seen Knute Rockne, All American, surpassed George Gipp on the school's all-time rushing list. Heavens passed Gipp on his 24th carry but lost yardage on his 25th before moving pass him for good on his 26th attempt. "I think the Gipper tackled me on that," Heavens said.

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Cotton Bowl[edit]

The Cotton Bowl win was Notre Dame's 600th victory in school history. [2]

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