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1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 21
APNo. 19
1996 record8–3
Head coachLou Holtz (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorDave Roberts
Defensive coordinatorBob Davie
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 25 Army           10 2  
Navy           9 3  
No. 19 Notre Dame           8 3  
East Carolina           8 3  
Louisiana Tech           6 5  
UAB           5 6  
UCF           5 6  
Southwestern Louisiana           5 6  
Northeast Louisiana           5 6  
Arkansas State           4 7  
Northern Illinois           1 10  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1996 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.

Notre Dame participated in the Emerald Isle Classic (Billed as the Shamrock Classic that year). The game was played in Dublin on November 2 at Croke Park, where Notre Dame beat Navy by a score of 54–27.

Despite finishing the regular season 8-3, Notre Dame did not play in a bowl game. The Fighting Irish turned down an invitation to play the Auburn Tigers in the Independence Bowl, believing that Auburn was an unworthy opponent and that the Independence Bowl was an unworthy bowl destination.

RivalriesEdit

  • In the Holy War match against Boston College, Notre Dame beat BC to claim the Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl.
  • Notre Dame beat Purdue to claim the Shillelagh Trophy.
  • Notre Dame loses to USC in overtime, snapping a 13-game unbeaten streak against the Trojans.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 58:00 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 6ESPNW 14–741,523
September 142:30 p.m.PurdueNo. 9NBCW 35–059,075
September 2112:00 p.m.at No. 6 TexasNo. 9ABCW 27–2483,312
September 282:30 p.m.No. 4 Ohio StateNo. 5
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCL 16–2959,075
October 122:30 p.m.No. 16 WashingtonNo. 11
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 54–2059,075
October 192:30 p.m.Air ForceNo. 8
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCL 17–20 OT59,075
November 28:00 a.m.at NavyNo. 19CBSW 54–2738,651
November 93:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeNo. 17CBSW 48–2144,500
November 161:30 p.m.PittsburghNo. 14
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
NBCW 60–659,075
November 231:30 p.m.RutgersNo. 10
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 62–059,075
November 308:00 p.m.at USCNo. 10ABCL 20–27 OT90,296

RosterEdit

1996 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G 76 Akers, JeremyJeremy Akers Sr
WR 88 Brown, BobbyBobby Brown So
TE 58 Burgdorf, MikeMike Burgdorf Sr
TE 40 Carretta, KevinKevin Carretta Sr
WR 18 Champion, CikaiCikai Champion Sr
TE 98 Chryplewicz, PetePete Chryplewicz Sr
T 75 Clevenger, ChrisChris Clevenger Sr
RB 23 Denson, AutryAutry Denson So
FB 44 Edwards, MarcMarc Edwards Sr
RB 31 Framer, RobertRobert Framer Sr
QB 7 Jackson, JariousJarious Jackson Fr
WR 83 Johnson, MalcolmMalcolm Johnson So
RB 26 Kinder, RandyRandy Kinder Sr
QB 14 McGunigal, TonyTony McGunigal Sr
T 54 Petitgout, LukeLuke Petitgout So
QB 3 Powlus, RonRon Powlus Sr
G 79 Rosenthal, MikeMike Rosenthal So
T 71 Wisne, JerryJerry Wisne So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 56 Belisle, KurtKurt Belisle Jr
DE 95 Bennett, CoreyCorey Bennett Jr
LB 13 Berry, BertrandBertrand Berry Sr
LB 6 Cobbins, LyronLyron Cobbins Sr
DE 51 Dansby, MelvinMelvin Dansby Sr
LB 27 Howard, BobbieBobbie Howard So
LB 4 Minor, KoryKory Minor So
CB 35 Phelps, RobertRobert Phelps Sr
CB 15 Rossum, AllenAllen Rossum Jr
DE 91 Smith, DarnellDarnell Smith Sr
CB 21 Stephens, ShannonShannon Stephens So
FS 12 Strayhorn, MarioMario Strayhorn So
LB 2 Tatum, KinnonKinnon Tatum Sr
LB 49 Thomas, JoeJoe Thomas So
LB 43 Wagasy, BillBill Wagasy Sr
LB 60 Wellington, AntwoineAntwoine Wellington Fr
DE 48 Wynn, RenaldoRenaldo Wynn Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 19 Sanson, JimJim Sanson Fr
P 8 Smith, HunterHunter Smith So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Season summaryEdit

USCEdit

#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8–2) at USC Trojans (5–6)
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 7 6

20

USC 6 0 0 14

27

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

ReferencesEdit

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