2000 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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2000 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Conference NCAA Division I-FBS independent schools
Ranking
Coaches #16[1]
AP #15[1]
2000 record 9–3 ( Independent)
Head coach Bob Davie
Offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers
Offensive scheme Option
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 80,232, grass)
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
2000 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#15 Notre Dame  %           9 3  
UCF           7 4  
Middle Tennessee           6 5  
Connecticut           3 8  
Louisiana Tech           3 9  
Louisiana–Lafayette           1 10  
Louisiana–Monroe           1 10  
Navy           1 10  
  • % – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

After losing ten players to the NFL, the Irish began the 2000 season signing 17 recruits[2] Having to replace two-year starter, Jarious Jackson, Davie chose Arnaz Battle,[3] who looked to have a rough road ahead with the Irish playing four ranked teams in a row to begin the season, including a game against the favorite to win the national championship, Nebraska. Battle, however, did have some help with three veterans named to pre-season award watchlists.[4][5][6] The Irish started the season playing the 25th ranked Texas A&M Aggies. With Battle throwing two touchdowns and the defense holding the Aggies to only a field goal in the second half, the Irish won by two touchdowns.[7] Moving into the rankings for the first time since early November 1999, the Irish would next face the top-ranked Cornhuskers. After coming back from being down by two touchdowns, the Irish eventually fell in overtime after they settled for a field goal and Nebraska quarterback, Eric Crouch, ran for the winning touchdown.[8] Despite the loss, and losing Battle indefinitely to a wrist injury that he suffered on the first play of the game,[9] the Irish felt they proved something to the country,[10] and moved up in the rankings to 21st.

The Irish next faced the 13th ranked Purdue Boilermakers, led by Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback Drew Brees.[11] The Irish defense held Brees to only 13 completed passes, while Irish backup quarterback Gary Godsey completed 14, and led the team to a last minute win with a Nick Setta field goal.[12] Moving into the top-20 the Irish next went to Michigan State to face the 23rd ranked Spartans. Though the Spartans were led by freshman quarterback Jeff Smoker, he led the team to a win with a 68 yard touchdown pass on a fourth down attempt with a minute remaining in the game. Losing the game, the Irish hadn't won an away game in eight attempts and hadn't beaten the Spartans since 1994.[13] Dropping almost out of the rankings again, the Irish started playing freshman quarterback Matt LoVecchio and began to roll with wins over Stanford and Navy.[14][15] Going to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers, LoVecchio led the Irish with two touchdown passes to Tony Fisher to give the Irish their first road win in two years.[16] With a win over Air Force the next week, their first ever in overtime, the Irish were once again bowl eligible.[17]

Ranked 11th, the Irish continued with wins over Boston College,[18] Rutgers,[19] and their first win at USC since 1992.[20] With a 9–2 record, the Irish got a BCS Bowl bid for the first time ever, with an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl to play the Oregon State Beavers.[21] Getting blown out by the Beavers,[22] the Irish ended the season ranked 15th with a 9–3 record.[1] With the end of the season, Davie was named finalist in two coach of the year awards. In addition, four Irish players were named to All-America Teams,[21] seven players were selected to play in post-season All-Star games,[23] and six players were selected in the 2001 NFL Draft,[24] while another three signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.[25] The season ended on a positive note for Davie who signed a five-year contract extension.[26]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 1:00 pm #25 Texas A&M Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC W 24–10   80,232
September 9 2:30 pm #1 Nebraska #23 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC L 24–27 OT  80,232
September 16 1:00 pm #13 Purdue #21 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Shillelagh Trophy) NBC W 23–21   80,232
September 23 3:30 pm at #23 Michigan State #16 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Megaphone Trophy) ABC L 21–27   74,714
October 7 2:30 pm Stanford #25 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Legends Trophy) NBC W 20–14   80,232
October 14 12:00 pm vs. Navy #20 Florida Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Rivalry) CBS W 45–14   47,291
October 21 12:00 pm at West Virginia #20 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV CBS W 42–28   64,424
October 28 2:30 pm Air Force #19 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 34–31 OT  80,232
November 11 2:30 pm Boston College #11 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Holy War) NBC W 28–16   80,232
November 18 3:30 pm at Rutgers #11 Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ CBS W 45–17   40,011
November 25 3:30 pm at USC #11 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC W 38–21   81,342
January 1, 2001 8:00 pm vs. #5 Oregon State #10 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) ABC L 9–41   75,428
#Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Final Rankings" (PDF). Notre Dame Football Media Guide. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Signing Day 2000". UND.cstv.com. February 2, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ Casey, Tim (September 1, 2000). "Battle steps out from Jackson's shadow". The Observer (UK). Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Football's Tony Fisher Named 2000 Doak Walker Award Candidate". UND.cstv.com. August 22, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Football's Tony Driver Named to 2000 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List". UND.cstv.com. August 24, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Football's Anthony Denman Named 2000 Butkus Award Candidate". UND.cstv.com. August 28, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  7. ^ Rosenblatt, Richard (September 2, 2000). "Irish Football Upsets Texas A&M, 24–10". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  8. ^ Rosenblatt, Richard (September 9, 2000). "Irish Fall In Heartbreaker To No. 1 Nebraska". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Arnaz Battle Injures Wrist; Out Indefinitely". UND.cstv.com. September 10, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  10. ^ Coyne, Tom (September 9, 2000). "Irish Say They've Proved They're For Real". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Heisman hopeful Drew Brees always worked on accuracy". CBC Sports. December 6, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  12. ^ Coyne, Tom (September 16, 2000). "No. 21 Notre Dame Upsets No. 13 Purdue 23–21". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  13. ^ Lage, Larry (September 23, 2000). "No. 21 Irish Fall To No. 23 Spartans 27–21". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  14. ^ Coyne, Tom (October 7, 2000). "Irish Hold Off Stanford, 20–14". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  15. ^ Goodall, Fred (October 14, 2000). "Football Tops Navy For The 37th Straight Win Over The Midshipmen, 45–14". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  16. ^ Raby, John (October 21, 2000). "Football Collects Key Road Victory". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  17. ^ Coyne, Tom (October 28, 2000). "Football Knocks Off Air Force In Overtime, 34–31". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  18. ^ Coyne, Tom (November 11, 2000). "Football Knocks Off Boston College, 28–16". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  19. ^ Canavan, Tom (November 18, 2000). "Football Wins Its Sixth Straight, Defeating Rutgers 45–17". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  20. ^ Nadel, John (November 25, 2000). "Football Takes Down USC 38–21". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  21. ^ a b "Notre Dame Enters The Bowl Season Having Won Its Final Seven Games Of The Regular Season". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  22. ^ Baum, Bob (January 1, 2001). "Tenth-Ranked Football Falls To No. 5 Oregon State In Fiesta Bowl". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  23. ^ "Seven Irish Football Players Selected To Play In Postseason All-Star Games". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  24. ^ Porcelli, Adam (April 22, 2001). "Six Irish Players Selected In NFL Draft". UND.cstv.com. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  25. ^ "Three More Irish Football Players Sign Free Agent Contracts". UND.cstv.com. April 24, 2001. Retrieved September 11, 2007. 
  26. ^ "Head Coach Bob Davie Signs Five-Year Contract To Continue With Irish". UND.cstv.com. December 5, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2007.