1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Sugar Bowl, L 10–17 vs. Georgia
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 10
AP No. 9
1980 record 9–2–1
Head coach Dan Devine (6th year)
Defensive coordinator Joe Yonto
Captain Bob Crable
Captain Tom Gibbons
Captain John Scully
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
#5 Florida State           10 2 0
#8 Penn State           10 2 0
#9 Notre Dame           9 2 1
#18 Miami           9 3 0
Southern Miss           9 3 0
Navy           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
Boston College           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           7 4 0
Rutgers           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Tulane           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
North Texas State           6 5 0
Villanova           6 5 0
West Virginia           6 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Richmond           5 6 0
Syracuse           5 6 0
East Carolina           4 7 0
Illinois State           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
Holy Cross           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Memphis           2 9 0
William & Mary           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 9 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1980 college football season.[1] The team was coached by Dan Devine and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

The 1980 season would be Dan Devine's final year as Notre Dame head coach. In August, he had announced that the upcoming season would be his last. The offense had 248 points for, while the defense gave up 128 points.

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 3:20 p.m. No. 9 Purdue* No. 11 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ABC W 31–10   59,075
September 20 2:30 p.m. No. 14 Michigan* No. 8 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) W 29–27   59,075
October 4 1:00 p.m. at Michigan State* No. 7 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) W 26–21   76,821
October 11 2:30 p.m. No. 13 Miami* No. 7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 32–14   59,075
October 18 2:30 p.m. Army* No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) W 30–3   59,075
October 25 10:35 p.m. at Arizona* No. 4 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 20–3   56,211
November 1 1:30 p.m. vs. Navy* No. 3 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Rivalry) W 33–0   76,891
November 8 1:30 p.m. at Georgia Tech* No. 1 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA T 3–3   41,266
November 15 3:50 p.m. at No. 5 Alabama* No. 6 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL ABC W 7–0   78,873
November 22 1:30 p.m. Air Force* No. 2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 24–10   59,075
December 6 3:50 p.m. at No. 17 USC* No. 2 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 3–20   82,663
January 1, 1981 2:00 p.m. vs. No. 1 Georgia* No. 7 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 10–17   77,895
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 10 0 0 10
Notre Dame 10 7 7 7 31

[2]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 14 7 6 27
Notre Dame 0 14 6 9 29

[3]

Air Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Air Force 3 0 0 7 10
Notre Dame 0 3 14 7 24

[4]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

  • Blair Kiel - 1984 / Round: 11 / Pick: 281 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Dave Duerson - 1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 64 Chicago Bears

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1980 Sept 7.
  3. ^ "Last-Play, 51-Yard Kick Gets Irish Past Michigan." Palm Beach Post. 1980 Sept 21.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1980 Nov 23.