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           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
Northwestern State           3 6 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.

Schedule[edit]

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

[1]

Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

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

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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.