1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Conference Independent
1981 record 5–6
Head coach Gerry Faust (1st year)
Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson
Captain Bob Crable
Captain Phil Carter
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Penn State           10 2 0
#4 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
#8 Miami           9 2 0
Southern Miss           9 2 1
#17 West Virginia           9 3 0
Colgate           7 3 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Navy           7 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Florida State           6 5 0
Holy Cross           6 5 0
Tulane           6 5 0
UNLV           6 6 0
South Carolina           6 6 0
Temple           5 5 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana           5 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
William & Mary           5 6 0
Syracuse           4 6 1
Richmond           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
North Texas           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 10 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Gerry Faust was the new Notre Dame head coach. The offense scored 232 points, while the defense allowed 160 points. It was Notre Dame's first losing season in 18 years.

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 2:30 p.m. LSU* No. 4 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN W 27–9   59,075
September 19 1:50 p.m. at No. 11 Michigan* No. 1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC L 7–25   105,888
September 26 2:30 p.m. at Purdue* No. 13 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) L 14–15   70,007
October 3 2:30 p.m. Michigan State* Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) W 20–7   59,075
October 10 2:30 p.m. No. 20 Florida State* Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN L 13–19   59,075
October 24 2:30 p.m. No. 5 USC* Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 7–14   59,075
October 31 1:30 p.m. Navy* Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) W 38–0   59,075
November 7 1:30 p.m. Georgia Tech* Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 35–3   59,075
November 14 3:00 p.m. at Air Force* Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 35–7   36,700
November 21 1:00 p.m. at No. 13 Penn State* Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA L 21–24   84,175
November 27 3:00 p.m. at No. 9 Miami* Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ABC L 15–37   50,681
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

  • Bob Crable - 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23 New York Jets
  • John Krimm - 1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76 New Orleans Saints
  • Phil Pozderac - 1982 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137 Dallas Cowboys

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1981