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1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. The Irish, coached by Ara Parseghian, ended the season undefeated with nine wins and one tie, winning a national championship. The Fighting Irish earned a consensus title after beating No. 10 Oklahoma 38–0 in Norman, tying unbeaten and No. 2 Michigan State 10–10, and ending the season defeating No. 10 USC, 51–0, in the Coliseum[1] The 1966 squad became the eighth Irish team to win the national title and the first under Parseghian. The Irish outscored its opponents 362–38.[1] The 10–10 tie between The Spartans and the Irish remains one of the controversial games of college football, and is considered today to be one of the great "games of the century".[2]

1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Consensus national champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1966 record9–0–1
Head coachAra Parseghian (3rd season)
Base defense4–4
CaptainJim Lynch
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame           9 0 1
Colgate           8 1 1
No. 8 Georgia Tech           9 2 0
Army           8 2 0
Dayton           8 2 0
Houston           8 2 0
Memphis State           7 2 0
No. 9 Miami (FL)           8 2 1
VPI           8 2 1
Syracuse           8 3 0
Colorado State           7 3 0
New Mexico State           7 3 0
West Texas State           7 3 0
Villanova           6 3 0
Holy Cross           6 3 1
Southern Miss           6 4 0
Texas Western           6 4 0
Rutgers           5 4 0
Tulane           5 4 1
Florida State           6 5 0
Buffalo           5 5 0
Penn State           5 5 0
Air Force           4 6 0
Boston College           4 6 0
Navy           4 6 0
Utah State           4 6 0
Xavier           4 6 0
Pacific           4 7 0
San Jose State           3 7 0
Pittsburgh           1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

SeasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 24No. 8 PurdueNo. 6W 26-1459,075
October 1at NorthwesternNo. 4W 35-755,356
October 8ArmyNo. 3
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
W 35-059,075
October 15North CarolinaNo. 2
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 32-059,075
October 22at No. 10 OklahomaNo. 1W 38-063,439
October 29vs. NavyNo. 1W 31-770,101
November 5PittsburghNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
W 40-059,075
November 12DukeNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 64-059,075
November 19at No. 2 Michigan StateNo. 1T 10-1080,011
November 26at No. 10 USCNo. 1W 51-088,520
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 28 Rocky Bleier Jr
RB 32 Larry Conjar
RB 21 Frank Criniti
RB 38 Ron Dushney
RB 47 Nick Eddy
G 68 Roger Fox
RB 20 Bob Gladieux So
TE 80 Don Gmitter
C 54 George Goeddeke
G 57 Tim Gorman
RB 22 Dave Haley
WR 86 Curt Heneghan
QB 5 Terry Hanratty So
C 58 Gerald Kelly
T 73 Rudy Konieczny
G 75 Bob Kuechenberg So
TE 78 Mike Kuzmicz
G 69 Joe Marsico
RB 31 Paul May
T 79 Tom McKinley
C 55 Tim Monty
QB 3 Coley O’Brien
G 62 Steve Quinn
WR 89 Kevin Rassas
G 76 Tom Regner
T 70 Fred Schnurr
T 71 Paul Seiler
WR 85 Jim Seymour
WR 49 Brian Stenger
G 59 Dick Swatland
TE 96 Jim Winegardner
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 77 Harry Alexander
S 33 Mike Burgener
DT 64 Pete Duranko
DT 75 Kevin Hardy
CB 34 Dan Harshman
LB 51 John Horney
LB 65 Ron Jeziorski
DE 93 Chick Lauck
LB 41 John Lavin
CB 40 Tom O’Leary
LB 61 Jim Lynch Sr
LB 56 Dave Martin
LB 60 Mike McGill
DT 72 Eric Norri
DE 81 Alan Page Sr
LB 50 John Pergine Jr
CB 19 Tom Quinn
DE 87 Tom Rhoads
DE 88 Allen Sack
S 7 Tom Schoen Jr
DE 94 Bill Skoglund
CB 25 Jim Smithberger
LB 89 Al VanHuffel
LB 54 Ed Vuillemin
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 90 Joe Azzaro
K 11 Jim Ryan
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

RankingsEdit

Game summariesEdit

PurdueEdit

Purdue at Notre Dame
1 234Total
No. 8 Boilermakers 7 007 14
No. 6 Fighting Irish 7 7012 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–13–2 1965 L 21–25

[3]

OklahomaEdit

Notre Dame at Oklahoma
1 234Total
No. 1 Fighting Irish 0 17210 38
No. 10 Sooners 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–1 1962 W 13–7

[4]

NavyEdit

1 234Total
Notre Dame 3 7147 31
Navy 0 007 7

[5]

Michigan StateEdit

Notre Dame at Michigan State
1 234Total
No.1 Fighting Irish 0 703 10
No. 2 Spartans 0 1000 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–14 1965 L 3–12

[6]

[7]

USCEdit

Notre Dame at USC
1 234Total
No. 1 Fighting Irish 14 17137 51
No. 10 Trojans 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–11–2 1965 W 28–7

[8][9]

Post-seasonEdit

Award winnersEdit

Heisman Voting:

Nick Eddy, 3rd,[11]
Terry Hanratty, 6th[11]

All-Americans:

Name AP UPI NEA FC SN L T CP FN
† Nick Eddy, HB 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
† Jim Lynch, LB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Tom Regner, G 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Alan Page, DE 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Pete Duranko, DT 3 1 1 2
Kevin Hardy, DT 2 2 3 1 1 1
Jim Seymour, E 3 2 2 3 1
Paul Seiler, T 3 2
George Goeddeke, C 3 2 3 3
Tom Schoen, DB 3 2
Larry Conjar, FB 3 3 3 1
Terry Hanratty, QB 3 3
denotes unanimous selection
‡denotes consensus selection      Source:[1]

College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:

Name Position Year Inducted
Jim Lynch Linebacker 1992
Alan Page Defensive End 1993
Ara Parseghian Coach 1980

Notre Dame leads all universities in players inducted.[12]

1967 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Paul Seiler Guard 1(12) 12 New York Jets
† Alan Page Defensive End 1(15) 15 Minnesota Vikings
Thomas Regner Guard 1(23) 23 Houston Oilers
Larry Conjar Running Back 2(20) 46 Cleveland Browns
Jim Lynch Linebacker 2(21) 47 Kansas City Chiefs
George Goeddeke Center 3(6) 59 Denver Broncos
Tom Rhoads Defensive End 3(17) 70 Buffalo Bills
Allen Sack Linebacker 16(15) 408 Los Angeles Rams
Pro Football Hall of Famer      Source:[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: History and Records (pages 131-175)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  2. ^ Celzic, Mike. The Biggest Game of Them All: Notre Dame, Michigan State and the Fall of 1966. ISBN 0-671-75817-9.
  3. ^ "Irish Uncover Soph Aerial Attack, Smash Purdue." Eugene Register-Guard. 1966 Sep 25.
  4. ^ "ND Stomps Sooners." Palm Beach Post. 1966 Oct 23.
  5. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1966 Oct 30.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (November 28, 1966). "An Upside-Down Game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Irish Trouncing of U.S.C. Worst in Trojans' History". New York Times. November 27, 1966. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Army Borrows 'Air Force'; Irish Rout Troy." Eugene Register-Guard. 1966 Nov 27.
  10. ^ "The Maxwell Award Collegiate Player of the Year: Past Recipients". The Maxwell Football Club. Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2008-12-30. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ a b "Heisman Voting". und.cstv.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  12. ^ "Hall of Fame: Select group by school". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  13. ^ "Notre Dame NFL Draft History". uhnd.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-30.