1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Orange Bowl champions
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #2
1989 record 12–1
Head coach Lou Holtz (4th year)
Captain Ned Bolcar
Captain Anthony Johnson
Captain Tony Rice
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Miami         11 1 0
#2 Notre Dame         12 1 0
#3 Florida State         10 2 0
Northern Illinois         9 2 0
#15 Penn State         8 3 1
#17 Pittsburgh         8 3 1
#21 West Virginia         8 3 1
Syracuse         8 4 0
Southwestern Louisiana         7 4 0
Akron         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 4 1
Virginia Tech         6 4 1
Louisiana Tech         5 4 1
Army         6 5 0
Louisville         6 5 0
East Carolina         5 5 1
Tulsa         6 6 0
Southern Miss         5 6 0
Tulane         4 8 0
Navy         3 8 0
Rutgers         2 7 2
Boston College         2 9 0
Memphis         2 9 0
Cincinnati         1 9 1
Temple         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1989 college football season.[1] The team was coached by Lou Holtz and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

Rivalries[edit]

Notre Dame beat USC to claim the Jeweled Shillelagh. In the Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry, Notre Dame beat Michigan 24-19.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 8:00 p.m. vs. Virginia* #2 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) Raycom, WGN W 36–13   77,323
September 16 3:30 p.m. at #2 Michigan* #1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC W 24–19   105,912
September 23 2:30 p.m. Michigan State* #1 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) CBS W 21–13   59,075
September 30 12:00 p.m. at Purdue* #1 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ABC W 40–7   67,861
October 7 4:00 p.m. at Stanford* #1 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Legends Trophy) None W 27–17   86,019
October 14 7:00 p.m. at #17 Air Force* #1 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN W 41–27   53,533
October 21 3:30 p.m. #9 Southern California* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) CBS W 28–24   59,075
October 28 5:00 p.m. #7 Pittsburgh* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN W 45–7   59,075
November 4 12:00 p.m. Navy* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Rivalry) SportsChannel W 41–0   59,075
November 11 12:00 p.m. Southern Methodist* #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN SportsChannel W 59–6   59,075
November 18 2:30 p.m. at #17 Penn State* #1 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA CBS W 34–23   86,025
November 25 6:30 p.m. at #7 Miami* #1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 10–27   81,634
January 1 8:00 p.m. vs. #1 Colorado* #4 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 21–6   81,191
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Michigan[edit]

#1 Notre Dame at #2 Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 10 7 24
Michigan 0 6 0 13 19

USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 14 3 0 7 24
• Notre Dame 7 0 7 14 28

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Anthony Johnson Running Back 2 36 Indianapolis Colts
Tim Grunhard Tackle 2 40 Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Alm Defensive Tackle 2 41 Houston Oilers
Pat Terrell Defensive Back 2 49 Los Angeles Rams
Mike Brennan Tackle 4 91 Cincinnati Bengals
Stan Smagala Defensive Back 5 123 Dallas Cowboys
Ned Bolcar Linebacker 6 146 Seattle Seahawks
D’Juan Francisco Defensive Back 10 262 Washington Redskins
Dean Brown Guard 12 316 Indianapolis Colts

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]