1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Cotton Bowl Classic champions
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1993 record 11–1
Head coach Lou Holtz (8th year)
Captain Jeff Burris
Captain Tim Ruddy
Captain Aaron Taylor
Captain Bryant Young
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1992 1994 »
1993 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Notre Dame         11 1 0
#24 Louisville         9 3 0
Cincinnati         8 3 0
Army         6 5 0
Memphis         6 5 0
Tulsa         4 6 1
Navy         4 7 0
Tulane         3 9 0
Southern Miss         2 8 1
East Carolina         2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1993 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1993 college football season.[1] The team was coached by Lou Holtz and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

On November 13, Notre Dame played Florida State in a matchup of unbeatens. The winner of this game, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, was certain to play #3 Nebraska (which would then move up to #2) in the Orange Bowl for the National Championship.[2]

The next week, they faced Boston College in one of the best games of the year, the Notre Dame offense piled up 427 yards of offense, scored 5 touchdowns, including 22 points in the last 11 minutes, but the game would forever be remembered on Boston College's last drive as their kicker David Gordon hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to win it 41–39, ending Notre Dame's bid for a national title.

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 2:30 p.m. Northwestern* No. 6 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) NBC W 27–12   59,075
September 11 12:00 PM at No. 2 Michigan* No. 10 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) ABC W 27–23   106,851
September 18 2:30 p.m. Michigan State* No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Megaphone Trophy) NBC W 36–14   59,075
September 25 3:30 p.m. at Purdue* No. 4 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) ABC W 17–0   67,861
October 2 3:30 p.m. at Stanford* No. 4 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (Legends Trophy) ABC W 48–20   80,300
October 9 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh* No. 4 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 44–0   59,075
October 16 7:30 p.m. at Brigham Young* No. 3 Cougar StadiumProvo, UT ESPN W 45–20   66,247
October 23 2:30 p.m. Southern California* No. 2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Jeweled Shillelagh) NBC W 31–13   59,075
October 30 12:00 PM vs. Navy* No. 2 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 58–27   61,813
November 13 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida State* No. 2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 31–24   59,075
November 20 1:30 p.m. No. 12 Boston College* No. 1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Holy War) NBC L 41–39   59,075
January 1 4:30 p.m. vs. No. 6 Texas A&M* No. 4 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) NBC W 24–21   69,855
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 7 0 0 7 14
Notre Dame 0 16 13 7 36

USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
USC 0 7 0 6 13
Notre Dame 14 14 3 0 31

[3]

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 3 14 21 20 58
Navy 10 14 3 0 27

[4]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1990-1994)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fighting Irish Win Game of the Century The Tech (MIT newspaper) Mike Duffy and Andrew Heitner. Volume 113, Issue 59 : Friday, November 19, 1993
  3. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 24.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1993 Oct 31.