1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1978 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Cotton Bowl, W 35-34 vs. Houston
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 7
1978 record 9–3
Head coach Dan Devine (4th year)
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
#4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
#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
Northwestern State           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 2:30pm Missouri No. 5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 0–3   59,075
September 23 12:50pm No. 5 Michigan No. 14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry) ABC L 14–28   59,075
September 30 2:30pm Purdue Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 10–6   59,075
October 7 1:30pm at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) W 29–25   77,087
October 14 12:40pm No. 9 Pittsburgh Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN ABC W 26–17   59,075
October 21 3:30pm at Air Force No. 20 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 38–15   35,425
October 28 2:30pm Miami No. 19 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 20–0   59,075
November 4 1:50pm vs. No. 11 Navy No. 15 Cleveland Municipal StadiumCleveland, OH (Rivalry) W 27–7   63,780
November 11 1:30pm Tennessee No. 14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 31–14   59,075
November 18 1:30pm at No. 20 Georgia Tech No. 10 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 38–21   54,526
November 25 4:10pm at No. 3 USC No. 8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 25–27   84,256
January 1 2:00pm 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 Barber, TyroneTyrone Barber
FB Belden, TonyTony Belden
FL Boushka, MikeMike Boushka
FB Buchanan, PetePete Buchanan
C Burger, BobBob Burger
SE Condeni, DaveDave Condeni
FL Courey, MikeMike Courey
C Crippin, JeffJeff Crippin
TE Detmer, MartyMarty Detmer
RB Dover, SteveSteve Dover
HB Ferguson, VagasVagas Ferguson
OT Foley, TimTim Foley
TE Grindinger, DennisDennis Grindinger
SE Haines, KrisKris Haines
TE Hart, KevinKevin Hart
OG Hautman, JimJim Hautman
FB Heavens, JeromeJerome Heavens (C)
FL Holohan, PetePete Holohan
OG Horansky, TedTed Horansky Injured
OG Hufford, LarryLarry Hufford
C Huffman, DaveDave Huffman
OG Huffman, TimTim Huffman
QB Knaflec, GregGreg Knaflec
QB Koegel, TimTim Koegel
OG Leon, JohnJohn Leon
OT Martinovich, RobRob Martinovich
TE Masztak, DeanDean Masztak
OT McCormick, KeithKeith McCormick
OG Meyer, HowardHoward Meyer
OG Mishler, RonRon Mishler
FB Mitchell, DaveDave Mitchell
QB 3 Montana, JoeJoe Montana (C) Sr
E Pagley, LouLou Pagley
FB Pallas, PetePete Pallas
OT Pozderac, PhilPhil Pozderac
OT Scully, JohnJohn Scully
HB Stone, JimJim Stone
E Tripp, TimTim Tripp
TE Vehr, NickNick Vehr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT Bock, TomTom Bock
CB Boushka, DickDick Boushka
S Browner, JimJim Browner
CB Buehner, RickRick Buehner
DT Calhoun, MikeMike Calhoun
DE Case, JayJay Case
S Cichy, SteveSteve Cichy
LB Crable, BobBob Crable
DB Fasano, AngeloAngelo Fasano
CB Flynn, TomTom Flynn
CB Gibbons, TomTom Gibbons
LB 55 Golic, BobBob Golic (C) Sr
DE Gramke, JoeJoe Gramke
DE Hankred, JohnJohn Hankred
S 10 Harrison, RandyRandy Harrison
LB Hartwig, SteveSteve Hartwig
LB Heimkreiter, SteveSteve Heimkreiter
LB Johnson, PetePete Johnson
S Johnson, PhilPhil Johnson
CB Krimm, JohnJohn Krimm
LB Leopold, BobbyBobby Leopold
DE Kramer, PatPat Kramer
LB Moynihan, BrendanBrendan Moynihan
DE Rayam, HardyHardy Rayam
S, P Restic, JoeJoe Restic
DT Thomas, JohnJohn Thomas
CB Waymer, DaveDave Waymer
DT Weston, JeffJeff Weston
OLB Whittington, MikeMike Whittington
DT Wroblewski, TomTom Wroblewski
DE Zettek, ScottScott Zettek
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK Male, ChuckChuck Male
PK Unis, JoeJoe 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 notes[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 0 10 0 7 17
Notre Dame 7 0 0 19 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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