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1986 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1986 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1986 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.

1986 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
ConferenceIndependent
1986 record5–6
Head coachLou Holtz (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorFoge Fazio (1st season)
CaptainMike Kovaleski
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State           12 0 0
No. 2 Miami (FL)           11 1 0
No. 20 Virginia Tech           9 2 1
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
Tulsa           7 4 0
Florida State           7 4 1
Army           6 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Temple           6 5 0
Pittsburgh           5 5 1
Rutgers           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Syracuse           5 6 0
South Carolina           3 6 2
Tulane           4 7 0
West Virginia           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Wichita State           3 8 0
East Carolina           2 9 0
Northern Illinois           2 9 0
Memphis State           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 133:30 p.m.No. 3 MichiganABCL 23–2459,075
September 202:30 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 20CBSL 15–2079,895
September 273:30 p.m.Purdue
ABCW 41–959,075
October 43:30 p.m.at No. 2 AlabamaABCL 10–2875,808
October 1112:30 p.m.Pittsburgh
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
USA, WGNL 9–1059,075
October 1812:30 p.m.Air Force
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
USA, WGNW 31–359,075
November 17:00 p.m.at NavyTBSW 33–1461,335
November 81:00 p.m.SMU
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 61–2959,075
November 153:30 p.m.No. 3 Penn State
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
ABCL 19–2459,075
November 227:30 p.m.at No. 8 LSUESPNL 19–2178,197
November 293:30 p.m.at No. 17 USCCBSW 38–3770,614

RosterEdit

1986 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Terry Andrysiak Jr
QB 7 Steve Beuerlein Sr
WR 81 Tim Brown Jr
OT 66 Andy Heck So
  3 Alonzo Jefferson
  Anthony Johnson Fr
  Pernell Taylor
WR 83 Reggie Ward
  Joel Williams
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 48 Cedric Figaro Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 18 John Carney
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

MichiganEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–9 1985 UM, 20–12

at Michigan StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–17–1 1985 ND, 27–10

PurdueEdit

1 234Total
Purdue 0 063 9
Notre Dame 10 14314 41

[2]

at AlabamaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 1980 W 7–0

PittsburghEdit

Air ForceEdit

NavyEdit

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Navy Midshipmen
1 2 34Total
Notre Dame 7 21 3233
Navy 0 0 7714

at Memorial StadiumBaltimore, Maryland

SMUEdit

Penn StateEdit

LSUEdit

USCEdit

1 234Total
Notre Dame 6 31118 38
USC 3 17107 37

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Wally Kleine Tackle 2 48 Washington Redskins
Steve Beuerlein Quarterback 4 110 Los Angeles Raiders
Robert Banks Defensive End 7 176 Houston Oilers
Joel D. Williams Tight End 8 210 Miami Dolphins

[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1986 Sept 28.
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1987.htm