1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1969 NCAA University Division football season. The Fighting Irish were led by sixth-year head coach Ara Parseghian and played their home games on campus at Notre Dame Stadium.

After 44 seasons without postseason play (19251968), the school ended its self-imposed bowl hiatus.[1] With an 8–1–1 regular season record, the Irish were led on the field by junior quarterback Joe Theismann.[2] They met top-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Day,[3] but lost 21–17 when the Longhorns scored a late touchdown.[4]

1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 5
1969 record8–2–1
Head coachAra Parseghian (6th season)
CaptainBob Olson
CaptainMike Oriard
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
(c. 59,075, grass)
1969 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Penn State         11 0 0
No. 17 West Virginia         10 1 0
No. 12 Houston         9 2 0
No. 5 Notre Dame         8 2 1
Buffalo         6 3 0
Rutgers         6 3 0
Villanova         6 3 0
Florida State         6 3 1
Colgate         5 3 1
Air Force         6 4 0
West Texas State         6 4 0
Boston College         5 4 0
New Mexico State         5 5 0
Southern Miss         5 5 0
Syracuse         5 5 0
Army         4 5 1
VPI         4 5 1
Georgia Tech         4 6 0
Miami (FL)         4 6 0
Pittsburgh         4 6 0
Dayton         3 7 0
Northern Illinois         3 7 0
Tulane         3 7 0
Utah State         3 7 0
Navy         1 9 0
Xavier         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 201:30 pmNorthwesternNo. 11W 35–1059,075
September 271:30 pmat No. 16 PurdueNo. 9L 14–2868,179
October 41:30 pmNo. 14 Michigan State
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 42–2859,075
October 112:00 pmvs. ArmyNo. 15W 45–063,786
October 181:30 pmNo. 3 USCNo. 11
T 14–1459,075
October 258:30 pmat TulaneNo. 12W 37–040,250
November 11:30 pmNavyNo. 10
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 47–059,075
November 81:30 pmat PittsburghNo. 8W 49–744,084
November 159:30 pmat Georgia TechNo. 9ABCW 38–2041,104
November 221:30 pmAir ForceNo. 8
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN [9]
W 13–659,075
January 1, 19702:00 pmvs. No. 1 TexasNo. 9CBSL 17–2173,000

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Game summaries

Air Force

1 234Total
Air Force 0 303 6
Notre Dame 7 600 13

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Roster

1969 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 64 Terry Brennan Sr
G 56 Larry DiNardo
WR 44 Tom Gatewood So
QB 7 Joe Theismann Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 17 Mike Crotty So
DT 77 Mike McCoy Sr
DE 85 Walt Patulski So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References

  1. ^ "Notre Dame accepts Cotton's bid". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 18, 1969. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Irish test Texas rank". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 1, 1970. p. 13.
  3. ^ Fite, Ed (January 1, 1970). "Irish test Longhorns in Dallas". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. 44.
  4. ^ a b "Texans edge Irish on big 4th downs". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1970. p. 30.
  5. ^ "Phipps paces Purdue past Notre Dame". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. October 19, 1969. p. 57.
  6. ^ Liska, Jerry (October 19, 1969). "Notre Dame, Southern Cal in 14-14 draw". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 61.
  7. ^ Bryson, Mike (November 15, 1969). "Georgia Tech shouldn't Irish plans". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Irish build early lead, swamp Tech". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 16, 1969. p. 1, sports.
  9. ^ Bryson, Mike (November 23, 1969). "Irish shake 'shakes' and beat Air Force". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 69.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Irish Shaky, Nip Falcons." Palm Beach Post. 1969 Nov 23.

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1NDAllan 39-yard run (Hempel kick)ND 7-0
2NDHempel 22-yard field goalND 10-0
2NDHempel 25-yard field goalND 13-0
2AFLeuthauser 28-yard field goalND 13-3
4AFLeuthauser 37-yard field goalND 13-6
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