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Contents: 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989


1980Edit

1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Sugar Bowl, L, 10-17 vs. Georgia
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 9
1980 record9-2-1
Head coachDan Devine
Defensive coordinatorJoe Yonto
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →

The 1980 season would be Dan Devine's final year as Notre Dame head coach. In August, he had announced that the upcoming season would be his last. The offense had 248 points for, while the defense gave up 128 points.

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6* 3:45 p.m. #9 Purdue #11 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ABC W 31–10   59,075
September 20* 2:30 p.m. #14 Michigan #8 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 29–27   59,075
October 4* 1:00 p.m. at Michigan State #7 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 26–21   76,821
October 11* 2:30 p.m. #13 Miami #7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 32–14   59,075
October 18* 2:30 p.m. Army #5 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 30–3   59,075
October 25* 10:00 p.m. at Arizona #4 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 20–3   56,211
November 1* 12:00 p.m. vs. Navy #3 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 33–0   76,891
November 8* 12:00 p.m. at Georgia Tech #1 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA T 3–3   41,266
November 15* 3:45 p.m. at #5 Alabama #6 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL ABC W 7–0   78,873
November 22* 1:30 p.m. Air Force #2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 24–10   59,075
December 6* 3:45 p.m. at #17 USC #2 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC L 3–20   82,663
January 1* 1:00 p.m. vs. #1 Georgia #7 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 10–17   77,895
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
[1]

Game notesEdit

MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 0 14 7 6 27
Notre Dame 0 14 6 9 29

[2]



Air ForceEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Air Force 3 0 0 7 10
Notre Dame 0 3 14 7 24

[3]


Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

  • Blair Kiel - 1984 / Round: 11 / Pick: 281 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Dave Duerson - 1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 64 Chicago Bears

Awards and honorsEdit

1981Edit

1981 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1981 record5-6 ( Independent)
Head coachGerry Faust
Defensive coordinatorJim Johnson
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →

Gerry Faust would become the new Notre Dame head coach. The offense scored 232 points, while the defense allowed 160 points.

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12* 2:30 p.m. LSU #4 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN W 27–9   59,075
September 19* 1:50 p.m. at #11 Michigan #1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 7–25   105,888
September 26* 12:00 p.m. at Purdue #13 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 14–15   70,007
October 3* 2:30 p.m. Michigan State Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 20–7   59,075
October 10* 2:30 p.m. #20 Florida State Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN L 13–19   59,075
October 24* 2:30 p.m. #5 USC Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN L 7–14   59,075
October 31* 1:30 p.m. Navy Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 38–0   59,075
November 7* 1:30 p.m. Georgia Tech Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 35–3   59,075
November 14* 3:30 p.m. at Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 35–7   36,700
November 21* 12:00 p.m. at #13 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA L 21–24   84,175
November 27* 2:45 p.m. at #9 Miami Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ABC L 15–37   50,681
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
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Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

  • Bob Crable - 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23 New York Jets
  • John Krimm - 1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76 New Orleans Saints
  • Phil Pozderac - 1982 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137 Dallas Cowboys

Awards and honorsEdit

1982Edit

1983Edit

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.

1983 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Liberty Bowl champions
Liberty Bowl, W, 19-18, Boston College Eagles
ConferenceIndependent
1983 record7-5
Head coachGerry Faust
Defensive coordinatorJim Johnson
CaptainBlair Kiel
CaptainStacey Toran
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10* 2:30 p.m. at Purdue #5 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 52–6   69,782
September 17* 1:30 p.m. Michigan State #4 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN L 23–28   59,075
September 24* 9:00 p.m. at Miami #13 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 0–20   52,480
October 1* 2:30 p.m. at Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 27–6   52,692
October 8* 7:00 p.m. at #7 South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 30–6   74,500
October 15* 1:30 p.m. at Army Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 42–0   75,131
October 22* 2:30 p.m. USC Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 27–6   59,075
October 29* 12:00 p.m. Navy #19 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 28–12   59,075
November 5* 3:45 p.m. Pittsburgh #18 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS L 16–21   59,075
November 12* 12:00 p.m. at Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA L 30–34   85,899
November 19* 1:30 p.m. Air Force Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN L 22–23   59,075
December 29* 8:00 p.m. vs. #13 Boston College Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) Raycom W 19–18   47,071
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
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Game summariesEdit

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

1984Edit

1984 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Aloha Bowl, L, 20-27, Southern Methodist Mustangs
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1984 record7-5 ( Independent)
Head coachGerry Faust
Defensive coordinatorA. J. Christoff
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8* 12:00 p.m. vs. Purdue #8 Hoosier DomeIndianapolis, IN L 21–23   60,672
September 15* 1:00 p.m. at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 20–17   76,919
September 22* 12:00 p.m. Colorado Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN W 55–14   59,075
September 29* 3:30 p.m. at Missouri #19 Memorial StadiumColumbia, MO ABC W 16–13   70,915
October 6* 7:30 p.m. #14 Miami #17 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN L 13–31   59,075
October 13* 12:00 p.m. Air Force Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN L 7–21   59,075
October 20* 12:00 p.m. #11 South Carolina Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN L 32–36   59,075
October 27* 3:30 p.m. at #6 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ABC W 30–22   78,033
November 3* 12:00 p.m. at Navy Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ ESPN W 18–17   61,795
November 17* 12:00 p.m. Penn State Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN W 44–7   59,075
November 24* 3:30 p.m. at #14 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA CBS W 19–7   66,342
December 29* 8:00 p.m. vs. #10 SMU #17 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Aloha Bowl) ESPN L 20–27   41,777
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
[7]

Game notesEdit

NavyEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 7 0 0 11 18
Navy 0 7 7 3 17



Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

1985Edit

1985 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1985 record5-6 ( Independent)
Head coachGerry Faust
Defensive coordinatorA. J. Christoff
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14* 2:30 p.m. at Michigan #13 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI CBS L 12–20   105,523
September 21* 7:30 p.m. Michigan State Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ESPN W 27–10   59,075
September 28* 12:00 p.m. at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 17–35   69,338
October 5* 3:30 p.m. at #17 Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ABC L 15–20   52,123
October 19* 12:00 p.m. #19 Army Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN USA, WGN W 24–10   59,075
October 26* 2:00 p.m. USC Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 37–3   59,075
November 2* 3:30 p.m. Navy Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ABC W 41–17   59,075
November 9* 12:00 p.m. Mississippi Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN USA, WGN W 37–14   59,075
November 16* 3:30 p.m. at #1 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 6–36   84,000
November 23* 12:00 p.m. #17 LSU Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN USA, WGN L 7–10   59,075
November 30* 3:30 p.m. at #4 Miami Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 7–58   49,236
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
[8]

Game notesEdit

ArmyEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Army 0 7 3 0 10
Notre Dame 14 0 7 3 24

[9]


USCEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
USC 0 0 3 0 3
Notre Dame 14 13 3 7 37



Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

1986Edit

1986 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1986 record5-6 ( Independent)
Head coachLou Holtz
Defensive coordinatorFoge Fazio
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →

Lou Holtz would become Notre Dame head coach. The offense scored 299 points, while the defense allowed 219 points.

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13* 3:30 p.m. #3 Michigan Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ABC L 23–24   59,075
September 20* 2:30 p.m. at #20 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI CBS L 15–20   79,895
September 27* 3:30 p.m. Purdue Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ABC W 41–9   59,075
October 4* 3:30 p.m. at #2 Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, AL ABC L 10–28   75,808
October 11* 12:00 pm Pittsburgh Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN USA L 9–10   59,075
October 18* 12:00 pm Air Force Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 31–3   59,075
November 1* 7:30 p.m. at Navy Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD TBS W 33–14   61,335
November 8* 1:00 p.m. SMU Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 61–29   59,075
November 15* 3:30 p.m. #3 Penn State Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ABC L 19–24   59,075
November 22* 7:45 p.m. at #8 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN L 19–21   78,197
November 29* 3:30 p.m. at #17 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA CBS W 38–37   70,614
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game summariesEdit

PurdueEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 0 0 6 3 9
Notre Dame 10 14 3 14 41

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USCEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 6 3 11 18 38
USC 3 17 10 7 37


Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Wally Kleine Tackle 2 48 Washington Redskins
Steve Beuerlein Quarterback4 110 Los Angeles Raiders
Robert Banks Defensive End 7 176 Houston Oilers
Joel D. Williams Tight End 8 210 Miami Dolphins
[12]

1987Edit

1987 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1987 record8-4 ( Independent)
Head coachLou Holtz
Defensive coordinatorFoge Fazio
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
Tony Rice became the starting quarterback for Notre Dame following an injury to Terry Andrysiak. The Irish would finish the season 8-4 and earn a berth to the Cotton Bowl Classic.

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12* 3:30 p.m. at #9 Michigan #16 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 26–7   106,098
September 19* 7:45 p.m. #17 Michigan State #9 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN ESPN W 31–8   59,075
September 26* 12:00 pm at Purdue #8 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 44–20   68,528
October 10* 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh #4 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ESPN L 22–30   56,400
October 17* 3:30 pm at Air Force #11 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO W 35–14   51,112
October 24* 2:30 p.m. Southern California #10 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS W 26–15   59,075
October 31* 12:00 pm Navy #9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 56–13   59,075
November 7* 12:00 pm Boston College #9 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 32–25   59,075
November 14* 2:30 p.m. #10 Alabama #7 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS W 37–6   59,075
November 21* 12:00 pm at Penn State #7 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA CBS L 20–21   84,000
November 28* 3:30 p.m. at #2 Miami #10 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 0–24   76,640
January 1* 1:30 p.m. vs. Texas A&M #12 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS L 10–35   73,006
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
[13]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Tim Brown Wide Receiver 1 6 Los Angeles Raiders
Tom Redehr Tackle 3 69 New England Patriots
Chuck Lanza Center 3 70 Pittsburgh Steelers
Cedric Figaro Linebacker 6 152 San Diego Chargers
Brandy Wells Defensive Back 9 226 Cincinnati Bengals
[14]

Awards and honorsEdit

1988Edit

1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
National Champions
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1988 record12-0 ( Independent)
Head coachLou Holtz
Offensive coordinatorJim Strong
Offensive schemeOption
Defensive coordinatorBarry Alvarez
Base defense3-4
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

Please see: 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team for schedule and scores

Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

1989Edit

1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Orange Bowl champions
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 2
1989 record12-1 ( Independent)
Head coachLou Holtz
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →

RivalriesEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31* 8:00 p.m. vs. Virginia #2 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) Raycom W 36–13   77,323
September 16* 3:30 p.m. at #2 Michigan #1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 24–19   105,912
September 23* 2:30 p.m. Michigan State #1 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN CBS W 21–13   59,075
September 30* 12:00 p.m. at Purdue #1 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 40–7   67,861
October 7* 4:00 p.m. at Stanford #1 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 27–17   86,019
October 14* 7:45 p.m. at #17 Air Force #1 Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN W 41–27   53,533
October 21* 3:30 p.m. #9 Southern California #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN CBS W 28–24   59,075
October 28* 5:00 p.m. Pittsburgh #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN ESPN W 45–7   59,075
November 4* 12:00 p.m. Navy #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 41–0   59,075
November 11* 12:00 p.m. Southern Methodist #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 59–6   999,999
November 18* 3:30 p.m. at #17 Penn State #1 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA CBS W 34–23   86,025
November 25* 6:30 p.m. at #7 Miami #1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 10–27   81,634
January 1* 8:00 p.m. vs. #1 Colorado #4 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 21–6   81,191
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

[19]

Game notesEdit

MichiganEdit

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



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
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Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. "Last-Play, 51-Yard Kick Gets Irish Past Michigan." Palm Beach Post. 1980 Sept 21.
  3. Eugene Register-Guard. 1980 Nov 23.
  4. http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1981
  5. http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1983
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/nd-m-footbl-archive.html/
  7. http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1984
  8. http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1985
  9. "Irish upset No. 19 Army to answer critics." Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 20.
  10. http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1986
  11. Gainesville Sun. 1986 Sept 28.
  12. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1987.htm
  13. http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1987
  14. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1988.htm
  15. http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html
  16. "Walter Camp Football Foundation Awards (Page 3)". The Walter Camp Foundation. http://waltercamp.org/index.php/teams_and_awards/awards/P200/. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  17. "Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Awards" (PDF). The American Heart Association. http://www.americanheart.org/downloadable/heart/11950567165420708%20BB%20Previous%20Winners.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  18. "Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award". Football Writers Association of America. http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/robinson/index.html. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  19. http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1989
  20. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1990.htm
  21. http://www.goldenarmfoundation.com/past-winners.html
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