1990 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1990 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Orange Bowl, L 9–10 vs. Colorado
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 6
1990 record 9–3
Head coach Lou Holtz (5th season)
Captain Mike Heldt
Captain Chris Zorich
Captain Todd Lyght
Captain Ricky Watters
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
1990 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 14 Louisville         10 1 1
No. 3 Miami         10 2 0
No. 4 Florida State         10 2 0
No. 6 Notre Dame         9 3 0
No. 11 Penn State         9 3 0
Louisiana Tech         8 3 1
Southern Miss         8 4 0
Temple         7 4 0
Syracuse         7 4 2
Army         6 5 0
Northern Illinois         6 5 0
South Carolina         6 5 0
Virginia Tech         6 5 0
East Carolina         5 6 0
Southwestern Louisiana         5 6 0
Navy         5 6 0
Memphis         4 6 1
Boston College         4 7 0
Tulane         4 7 0
West Virginia         4 7 0
Akron         3 7 1
Arkansas State         3 7 1
Pittsburgh         3 7 1
Rutgers         3 8 0
Tulsa         3 8 0
Cincinnati         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1990 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A 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]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 9:00 p.m. No. 4 Michigan No. 1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) CBS W 28–24   59,075
September 22 3:30 p.m. at No. 24 Michigan State No. 1 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) ABC W 20–19   80,401
September 29 12:00 p.m. Purdue No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) W 37–11   59,075
October 6 12:00 p.m. Stanford No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Legends Trophy) L 31–36   59,075
October 13 12:00 p.m. Air Force No. 8 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN W 57–27   59,075
October 20 3:30 p.m. No. 2 Miami (FL) No. 6 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN (Catholics vs Convicts) CBS W 29–20   59,075
October 27 7:45 p.m. at Pittsburgh No. 3 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN W 31–22   56,500
November 3 12:00 p.m. vs. Navy No. 2 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Rivalry) W 52–31   70,382
November 10 2:30 p.m. at No. 9 Tennessee No. 1 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN CBS W 34–29   97,123
November 17 4:00 p.m. No. 18 Penn State No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN ESPN L 21–24   59,075
November 24 8:00 p.m. at No. 18 USC No. 7 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC W 10–6   91,639
January 1, 1991 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 1 Colorado No. 5 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 9–10   77,062
#Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

#1 Notre Dame at #24 Michigan State
1 234Total
Notre Dame 7 0014 21
Michigan St 0 1270 19

The Immaculate Deflection - Rick Mirer's 24-yard completion to Adrian Jarrell, which bounced off hands of MSU LB Todd Murray up and into Jarrell's arms at MSU 2. Three plays later, Culver scored. "There's definitely somebody looking out for us. There's somebody on our side," said Mirer.

  • Notre Dame's 60th victory as No. 1 ranked team & 5-0-1 vs. MSU when ranked #1

Stanford[edit]

#1 Notre Dame vs. Stanford
1 234Total
Stanford 7 8147 36
Notre Dame 7 1770 31

Tennessee[edit]

1 234Total
Notre Dame 7 3717 34
Tennessee 6 0149 29

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

  • Despite being drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League signed Raghib Ismail to a four-year contract worth 18 million dollars in April 1991.[2] The Ismail signing included four million dollars upfront.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Drake, Stephen (2009). Weird Facts about Canadian Football: Strange, Wacky and Hilarious Stories. OverTime Books. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3. 
  3. ^ Drake, Stephen (2009). Weird Facts about Canadian Football: Strange, Wacky and Hilarious Stories. OverTime Books. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3. 
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080106231937/http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/nd-m-footbl-archive.html
  5. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards (Page 3)". The Walter Camp Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Winners & Finalists". Rotary Club of Houston. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-02.