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1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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
v · d · e 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

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.

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 Brown, DerekDerek Brown So
RB 5 Culver, RodneyRodney Culver So
WR 13 Eilers, PatPat Eilers
WR 25 Ismail, RaghibRaghib Ismail Jr
RB 22 Johnson, AnthonyAnthony Johnson Sr
C 76 McGuire, GeneGene McGuire So
RB 35 Mihalko, RyanRyan Mihalko Jr
QB 3 Mirer, RickRick Mirer Fr
QB 9 Rice, TonyTony Rice Sr
G 52 Ryan, TimTim Ryan Jr
WR 12 Watters, RickyRicky Watters Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 90 Alm, JeffJeff Alm Sr
LB 47 Bolcar, NedNed Bolcar Sr
DT 93 Dahl, BobBob Dahl Jr
LB 37 Kowalkowski, ScottScott Kowalkowski Jr
CB 1 Lyght, ToddTodd Lyght Jr
DB 21 Smith, RodRod Smith So
LB 42 Stonebreaker, MikeMike Stonebreaker Jr
DL 92 Flannery, BryanBryan Flannery Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 16 Sexton, JimJim Sexton Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

MichiganEdit

#1 Notre Dame at #2 Michigan
by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 10 7 24
Michigan 0 6 0 13 19

USCEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 14 3 0 7 24
• Notre Dame 7 0 7 14 28

[2]

Colorado (Orange Bowl)Edit

#4 Notre Dame vs. #1 Colorado
by Quarter1234 Total
Fighting Irish 0 0 14 7 21
Buffaloes 0 0 6 0 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 Tackle2 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

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