1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Conference Independent
1979 record 7–4
Head coach Dan Devine (5th year)
Captain Vagas Ferguson
Captain Tim Foley
Captain Dave Waymer
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Florida State           11 1 0
#7 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
UNLV           9 1 2
#17 Temple           10 2 0
Tulane           9 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
East Carolina           7 3 1
#20 Penn State           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Navy           7 4 0
Notre Dame           7 4 0
Southern Miss           6 4 1
Syracuse           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
Boston College           5 6 0
Holy Cross           5 6 0
Memphis           5 6 0
Miami           5 6 0
North Texas State           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Virginia Tech           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
Georgia Tech           4 6 1
Louisville           4 6 1
Connecticut           3 6 2
William & Mary           4 7 0
Illinois State           3 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           3 8 0
Army           2 8 1
Air Force           2 9 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Richmond           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Irish finished unranked in both major polls for the first time since 1963.

Roster[edit]

1979 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G 65 Burger, BobBob Burger Jr
RB 32 Ferguson, VagasVagas Ferguson Sr
WR 31 Holohan, PetePete Holohan Jr
G 78 Huffman, TimTim Huffman Jr
QB 6 Lisch, RustyRusty Lisch Sr
T 71 Pozderac, PhilPhil Pozderac So
C 57 Scully, JohnJohn Scully Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 43 Crable, BobBob Crable So
S 22 Duerson, DaveDave Duerson Fr
CB 27 Gibbons, TomTom Gibbons Jr
CB 19 Krimm, JoshJosh Krimm So
LB 61 Leopold, BobbyBobby Leopold Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 3:20 p.m. at No. 6 Michigan No. 9 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC W 12–10   105,111
September 22 2:30 p.m. at No. 17 Purdue No. 5 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) L 22–28   70,567
September 29 2:30 p.m. No. 7 Michigan State No. 15 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) W 27–3   59,075
October 6 2:30 p.m. Georgia Tech No. 10 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 21–13   59,075
October 13 3:30 p.m. at Air Force No. 10 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 38–13   34,881
October 20 12:50 p.m. No. 4 USC No. 9 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 23–42   59,075
October 27 2:30 p.m. South Carolina No. 14 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 18–17   59,075
November 3 1:30 p.m. Navy No. 13 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Rivalry) W 14–0   59,075
November 10 1:30 p.m. at Tennessee No. 13 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 18–40   86,489
November 17 1:30 p.m. No. 14 Clemson Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN L 10–16   59,075
November 24 11:00 p.m. vs. Miami (FL) National Olympic StadiumTokyo, Japan (Mirage Bowl) W 40–15   62,574
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

[1]

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 3 3 6 0 12
Michigan 3 7 0 0 10

[2]

Air Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Notre Dame 10 21 0 7 38
Air Force 0 7 6 0 13

[3]

A football gifted by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team to President Gerald Ford, commemorating their 18-17 victory over South Carolina on October 27.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Notre Dame football media guide.
  2. ^ "Irish Topple Michigan On Walk-on's Field Goals." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Sept 16.
  3. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 14.