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1971 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1971 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1971 NCAA University Division football season.

1971 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 13
1971 record8–2
Head coachAra Parseghian (8th season)
CaptainTom Gatewood
CaptainWalt Patulski
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Penn State         11 1 0
Boston College         9 2 0
No. 17 Houston         9 3 0
No. 13 Notre Dame         8 2 0
Utah State         8 3 0
Florida State         8 4 0
Cincinnati         7 4 0
West Virginia         7 4 0
Temple         6 2 1
Air Force         6 4 0
Army         6 4 0
Colgate         6 4 0
Villanova         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 5 0
Southern Miss         6 5 0
Georgia Tech         6 6 0
New Mexico State         5 5 1
Northern Illinois         5 5 1
Syracuse         5 5 1
Dayton         5 6 0
Miami (FL)         4 7 0
Rutgers         4 7 0
Virginia Tech         4 7 0
Navy         3 8 0
Pittsburgh         3 8 0
Tulane         3 8 0
Xavier         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Prior to their concluding game at LSU, #7 Notre Dame (8–1) announced that they would not play in a bowl game this season.[1][2][3]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 181:30 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 2W 50–759,075
September 251:30 p.m.at PurdueNo. 2W 8–769,765
October 212:50 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 4
ABCW 14–259,075
October 98:15 p.m.at MiamiNo. 9W 17–066,039
October 161:30 p.m.North CarolinaNo. 7
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 16–059,075
October 231:30 p.m.USCNo. 6
ABCL 14–2859,075
October 301:30 p.m.NavyNo. 12
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 21–059,075
November 61:00 p.m.at PittsburghNo. 8W 56–755,528
November 131:30 p.m.TulaneNo. 8
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 21–759,075
November 208:05 p.m.at No. 14 LSUNo. 7ABCL 8–2866,936

Source:[4]

Game summariesEdit

PurdueEdit

Notre Dame at Purdue
1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 008 8
Purdue 0 700 7

[5]

NavyEdit

1 234Total
Navy 0 000 0
Notre Dame 7 1400 21

[6]

LSUEdit

1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 008 8
LSU 7 777 28

RosterEdit

1971 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G 62 Tom Bolger So
QB 8 Cliff Brown So
TE 88 Dave Casper So
WR 44 Tom Gatewood Sr
RB 22 Greg Hill So
C 50 Dan Novakow Sr
WR 80 Willie Townsend Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 17 Mike Crotty Sr
DB 23 Clarence Ellis Sr
DT 72 Mike Kadish Sr
DT 75 Greg Marx Jr
LB 81 Jim O'Malley Jr
LB 45 Eric Patton So
DE 85 Walt Patulski Sr
DE 93 Fred Swendson Sr
LB 61 Mike Webb Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 98 Bob Thomas So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Walt Patulski Defensive end 1 1 Buffalo Bills
Clarence Ellis Defensive back 1 15 Atlanta Falcons
Mike Kadish Defensive tackle 1 25 Miami Dolphins
Fred Swendson Defensive end 3 53 Buffalo Bills
Eric Patton Linebacker 4 86 Green Bay Packers
Tom Gatewood Running back 5 107 New York Giants
Ralph Stepaniak Defensive back 7 157 Buffalo Bills
Mike Zikas Defensive tackle 7 177 New York Giants

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Irish ready to spurn bids". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 18, 1971. p. 3D.
  2. ^ "Irish nix bowl bids". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 19, 1971. p. 4B.
  3. ^ Reed, William F. (November 29, 1971). "Irish Stew for LSU". Sports Illustrated. p. 26.
  4. ^ 2011 Notre Dame football media guide.
  5. ^ "Notre Dame Edges Past Purdue." Ocala Star-Banner. 1971 Sept 26.
  6. ^ "Notre Dame Rips Middies, 21-0." Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 31.