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1976 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 20–9 vs. Penn State
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 12
1976 record9–3
Head coachDan Devine (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorMerv Johnson (2nd season)
CaptainWillie Fry
CaptainMark McLane
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 NCAA Division I Independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Pittsburgh         12 0 0
No. 17 Rutgers         11 0 0
San Diego State         10 1 0
No. 12 Notre Dame         9 3 0
Colgate         8 2 0
Boston College         8 3 0
Cincinnati         8 3 0
Memphis State         7 4 0
North Texas State         7 4 0
Penn State         7 5 0
Villanova         6 4 1
South Carolina         6 5 0
Virginia Tech         6 5 0
Army         5 6 0
Florida State         5 6 0
Illinois State         5 6 0
Richmond         5 6 0
West Virginia         5 6 0
Georgia Tech         4 6 1
Temple         4 6 0
Air Force         4 7 0
Dayton         4 7 0
Louisville         4 7 0
Navy         4 7 0
Indiana State         3 7 0
Hawaii         3 8 0
Holy Cross         3 8 0
Miami (FL)         3 8 0
Syracuse         3 8 0
Utah State         3 8 0
Northeast Louisiana         2 9 0
Southern Miss         2 9 0
Tulane         2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResult
September 114:20 p.m.No. 9 PittsburghNo. 11ABCL 10–31
September 182:30 p.m.Purdue
W 23–0
September 252:30 p.m.at NorthwesternW 48–0
October 21:30 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 18W 24–6
October 162:30 p.m.OregonNo. 14
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 41–0
October 231:10 p.m.at No. 19 South CarolinaNo. 12W 13–6
October 301:00 p.m.vs. NavyNo. 11W 27–21
November 61:30 p.m.at Georgia TechNo. 11L 14–23
November 1312:50 p.m.No. 10 AlabamaNo. 18
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
ABCW 21–18
November 201:30 p.m.Miami (FL)No. 13
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 40–27
November 274:00 p.m.at No. 3 USCNo. 13ABCL 13–17
December 279:00 p.m.vs. No. 20 Penn StateNo. 15ABCW 20–9

[1]

RosterEdit

1976 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 83 Buth, DougDoug Buth Sr
TE 87 Driscoll, JohnJohn Driscoll Jr
RB 40 Eurick, TerryTerry Eurick Jr
WR 82 Haines, KrisKris Haines So
RB 30 Heavens, JeromeJerome Heavens So
RB 25 Hunter, AlAl Hunter Jr
T 62 Huffman, DaveDave Huffman So
G 65 Hughes, ErnieErnie Hughes Jr
WR 80 Kelleher, DanDan Kelleher Sr
RB 21 Knott, DanDan Knott Jr
TE 81 MacAfee, KenKen MacAfee Jr
T 71 McDaniels, SteveSteve McDaniels Jr
G 60 Meyer, HowardHoward Meyer So
QB 3 Montana, JoeJoe Montana So
G 57 Moore, EltonElton Moore Sr
RB 14 Orsini, SteveSteve Orsini Jr
T 50 Tull, BobBob Tull Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 20 Bradley, LutherLuther Bradley Jr
SS 33 Browner, JimJim Browner So
DE 89 Browner, RossRoss Browner Jr
SS 28 Christensen, RossRoss Christensen Jr
LB 24 DeCicco, NickNick DeCicco Jr
DT 72 Dike, KenKen Dike Jr
FS 41 Dubenetzky, JohnJohn Dubenetzky Sr
LB 42 Eastman, TomTom Eastman Sr
DE 94 Fry, WillieWillie Fry Jr
LB 55 Golic, BobBob Golic So
FS 10 Harrison, RandyRandy Harrison Jr
LB 58 Heimkreiter, SteveSteve Heimkreiter So
LB 51 Johnson, PetePete Johnson Jr
LB 54 Russell, MarvMarv Russell Sr
DT 74 Weston, JeffJeff Weston Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P/QB 7 Restic, JoeJoe Restic So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

PurdueEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0
Notre Dame 3 7 7 6 23

[2]


NorthwesternEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–7–2 1975 W 31–7


NavyEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 3 21 0 3 27
Navy 0 14 0 7 21

[3]


ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. Eugene Register-Guard. 1976 Oct 31.
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