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1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1989 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.

1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 21–6 vs. Colorado
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 2
1989 record12–1
Head coachLou Holtz (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Strong (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorBarry Alvarez (2nd season)
CaptainNed Bolcar
CaptainAnthony Johnson
CaptainTony Rice
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami         11 1 0
No. 2 Notre Dame         12 1 0
No. 3 Florida State         10 2 0
Northern Illinois         9 2 0
No. 15 Penn State         8 3 1
No. 17 Pittsburgh         8 3 1
No. 21 West Virginia         8 3 1
Syracuse         8 4 0
Southwestern Louisiana         7 4 0
Akron         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 4 1
Virginia Tech         6 4 1
Louisiana Tech         5 4 1
Army         6 5 0
Louisville         6 5 0
East Carolina         5 5 1
Tulsa         6 6 0
Southern Miss         5 6 0
Tulane         4 8 0
Navy         3 8 0
Rutgers         2 7 2
Boston College         2 9 0
Memphis         2 9 0
Cincinnati         1 9 1
Temple         1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

RivalriesEdit

Notre Dame beat USC to claim the Jeweled Shillelagh. In the Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry, Notre Dame beat Michigan 24-19.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 318:00 p.m.vs. VirginiaNo. 2Raycom and WGNW 36–1377,323
September 163:30 p.m.at No. 2 MichiganNo. 1ABCW 24–19105,912
September 232:30 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 1CBSW 21–1359,075
September 3012:00 p.m.at PurdueNo. 1ABCW 40–767,861
October 74:00 p.m.at StanfordNo. 1NoneW 27–1786,019
October 147:00 p.m.at No. 17 Air ForceNo. 1ESPNW 41–2753,533
October 213:30 p.m.No. 9 USCNo. 1
CBSW 28–2459,075
October 285:00 p.m.No. 7 PittsburghNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
ESPNW 45–759,075
November 412:00 p.m.NavyNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
SportsChannelW 41–059,075
November 1112:00 p.m.SMUNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
SportsChannelW 59–659,075
November 182:30 p.m.at No. 17 Penn StateNo. 1CBSW 34–2386,025
November 256:30 p.m.at No. 7 Miami (FL)No. 1CBSL 10–2781,634
January 1, 19908:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 ColoradoNo. 4
NBCW 21–681,191

RosterEdit

1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 86 Derek Brown So
RB 5 Rodney Culver So
WR 13 Pat Eilers
WR 25 Raghib Ismail Jr
RB 22 Anthony Johnson Sr
C 76 Gene McGuire So
RB 35 Ryan Mihalko Jr
QB 3 Rick Mirer Fr
QB 9 Tony Rice Sr
G 52 Tim Ryan Jr
WR 12 Ricky Watters Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 90 Jeff Alm Sr
LB 47 Ned Bolcar Sr
DT 93 Bob Dahl Jr
LB 37 Scott Kowalkowski Jr
CB 1 Todd Lyght Jr
DB 21 Rod Smith So
LB 42 Mike Stonebreaker Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 16 Jim Sexton Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

MichiganEdit

#1 Notre Dame at #2 Michigan
1 234Total
Notre Dame 0 7107 24
Michigan 0 6013 19

USCEdit

1 234Total
USC 14 307 24
• Notre Dame 7 0714 28

[2]

Colorado (Orange Bowl)Edit

#4 Notre Dame vs. #1 Colorado
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 0 0147 21
Buffaloes 0 060 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1984 W 55–14

[3]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Anthony Johnson Running Back 2 36 Indianapolis Colts
Tim Grunhard Tackle 2 40 Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Alm Defensive Tackle 2 41 Houston Oilers
Pat Terrell Defensive Back 2 49 Los Angeles Rams
Mike Brennan Tackle 4 91 Cincinnati Bengals
Stan Smagala Defensive Back 5 123 Dallas Cowboys
Ned Bolcar Linebacker 6 146 Seattle Seahawks
D’Juan Francisco Defensive Back 10 262 Washington Redskins
Dean Brown Guard 12 316 Indianapolis Colts

[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1985-1989)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1989 Oct 22.
  3. ^ "Lackluster Colorado Leveled by Notre Dame". The New York Times. January 2, 1990. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1990.htm
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2008-01-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)