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1983 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Liberty Bowl champion
ConferenceIndependent
1983 record7–5
Head coachGerry Faust (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Johnson
CaptainBlair Kiel
CaptainStacey Toran
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
No. 16 West Virginia           9 3 0
No. 20 East Carolina           8 3 0
No. 18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was coached by Gerry Faust and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

Notre Dame made it to the Liberty Bowl where they faced Boston College and their prized quarterback Doug Flutie. Boston College scored first on a 13-yard touchdown pass but missed the extra point. Notre Dame came back as Allen Pinkett and Chris Smith each rushed for 100-plus yards, while Pinkett scored two touchdowns as Notre Dame beat Boston College, 19–18, to win their first bowl game since the 1979 Cotton Bowl.

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 102:30 p.m.at PurdueNo. 5W 52–669,782
September 172:30 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 4L 23–2859,075
September 249:00 p.m.at MiamiNo. 13CBSL 0–2052,480
October 13:30 p.m.at ColoradoW 27–352,692
October 87:00 p.m.at South CarolinaW 30–674,500
October 151:00 p.m.vs. ArmyW 42–075,131
October 222:30 p.m.USC
W 27–659,075
October 2912:00 p.m.NavyNo. 19
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
W 28–1259,075
November 53:45 p.m.PittsburghNo. 18
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN (rivalry)
CBSL 16–2159,075
November 121:00 p.m.at Penn StateL 30–3485,899
November 1912:35 p.m.Air Force
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
ABCL 22–2359,075
December 298:00 p.m.vs. No. 13 Boston CollegeKatzW 19–1847,071

Game summariesEdit

PurdueEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Notre Dame 17 14 14 7 52
Purdue 0 0 0 6 6

[2]

ColoradoEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 10 7 7 3 27
Colorado 3 0 0 0 3

USCEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 0 0 6 0 6
Notre Dame 7 10 10 0 27

The game came to be known as the "Green Jerseys II" game. Notre Dame snapped a five-game losing streak to USC as Allen Pinkett rushed 21 times for 122 yards, his fourth straight 100-yard game and the first Irish player to do so since Jim Stone in 1980. "We felt could have beat USC in blue. We felt we could have beat them in T-shirts," said Pinkett. The game took place six years to the day from the original "Green Jersey" game in 1977 but head coach Gerry Faust had already made the decision to wear the jerseys over the summer.

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Notre Dame Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/n/notre_dame/1980-1984_yearly_results.php. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. Gainesville Sun. 1983 Sept 11. Retrieved 2015-Sep-20.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20081217101247/http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/nd-m-footbl-archive.html. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
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