Lou Holtz Era (1986-1996)

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1986 | Captain: Mike Kovaleski | Record: 5-6

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 13 Not Ranked Michigan (3) L, 23-24
September 20 20 @ Michigan State L, 15-20
September 27 Not Ranked Purdue W, 41-9
October 4 Not Ranked @ Alabama (2) L, 10-28
October 11 Not Ranked Pittsburgh L, 9-10
October 18 Not Ranked Air Force W, 31-3
November 1 Not Ranked @ Navy W, 33-14
November 8 Not Ranked SMU W, 61-29
November 15 Not Ranked Penn State (3) L, 19-24
November 22 Not Ranked @ LSU (8) L, 19-21
November 29 Not Ranked @ Southern Cal (17) W, 38-37

 

1987 | Captains: Chuck Lanza & Byron Spruell | Record: 8-4

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 12 16 @ Michigan (9) W, 26-7
September 19 9 Michigan State (17) W, 31-8
September 26 8 @ Purdue W, 44-20
October 10 4 @ Pittsburgh L, 22-30
October 17 11 @ Air Force W, 35-14
October 24 10 Southern Cal W, 26-15
October 31 9 Navy W, 56-13
November 7 9 Boston College W, 32-25
November 14 7 Alabama (10) W, 37-6
November 21 7 @ Penn State L, 20-21
November 28 10 @ Miami (2) L, 0-24
       
Cotton Bowl      
January 1 12 Texas A&M (13) L, 10-35

 

1988 | Captains: Ned Bolcar, Mark Green, Andy Heck| Record: 12-0

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 10 13 Michigan (9) W, 19-17
September 17 8 @ Michigan State W, 20-3
September 24 8 Purdue W, 52-7
October 1 5 Stanford W, 42-14
October 8 5 @ Pittsburgh W, 30-20
October 15 4 Miami (1) W, 31-30
October 22 2 Air Force W, 41-13
October 29 2 @ Navy W, 22-7
November 5 1 Rice W, 54-11
November 19 1 Penn State W, 21-3
November 26 1 @ Southern Cal (2) W, 27-10
       
Fiesta Bowl      
January 1 1 West Virginia (3) W, 34-21

 

1989 | Captains: Ned Bolcar, Anthony Johnson, Tony Rice | Record: 12-1

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
August 31 2 Virginia W, 35-13
September 16 1 @ Michigan (2) W, 24-19
September 23 1 Michigan State W, 21-13
September 30 1 @ Purdue W, 41-7
October 7 1 @ Stanford W, 27-17
October 14 1 @ Air Force (17) W, 41-27
October 21 1 Southern Cal (9) W, 28-24
October 28 1 Pittsburgh (7) W, 45-7
November 4 1 Navy W, 41-0
November 11 1 SMU W, 59-6
November 18 1 @ Penn State (17) W, 34-23
November 25 1 @ Miami (7) L, 10-27
       
Orange Bowl      
January 1 4 Colorado (1) W, 21-6

 

1990 | Captains: Mike Heldt, Todd Lyght, Ricky Watters, Chris Zorich | Record: 9-3

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 15 1 Michigan (4) W, 28-24
September 22 1 @ Michigan State (24) W, 20-19
September 29 1 Purdue W, 37-11
October 6 1 Stanford L, 31-36
October 13 8 Air Force W, 57-27
October 20 6 Miami (2) W, 29-20
October 27 3 @ Pittsburgh W, 31-22
November 3 2 Navy W, 52-31
November 10 1 @ Tennessee (9) W, 34-29
November 17 1 Penn State (18) L, 21-24
November 24 7 @ Southern Cal (18) W, 10-6
       
Orange Bowl      
January 1 5 Colorado (1) L, 9-10

 

1991 | Captain: Rodney Culver | Record: 10-3

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 7 7 Indiana W, 49-27
September 14 7 @ Michigan (3) L, 14-24
September 21 11 Michigan State W, 49-10
September 28 8 @ Purdue W, 45-20
October 5 8 @ Stanford W, 42-26
October 12 7 Pittsburgh (12) W, 42-7
October 19 5 @ Air Force W, 28-15
October 26 5 Southern Cal W, 24-20
November 2 5 Navy W, 38-0
November 9 5 Tennessee (13) L, 34-35
November 16 12 @ Penn State (8) L, 13-35
November 30 17 @ HAWAII W, 48-42
       
Sugar Bowl      
January 1 18 Florida (3) W, 39-28

 

1992 | Captains: Demetrius DuBose & Rick Mirer | Record: 10-1-1

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 5 3 @ Northwestern W, 42-7
September 12 3 Michigan (6) T, 17-17
September 19 7 @ Michigan State W, 52-31
September 26 6 Purdue W, 48-0
October 3 6 Stanford (18) L, 16-33
October 10 13 @ Pittsburgh W, 52-21
October 24 10 BYU W, 42-16
October 31 10 @ Navy W, 38-7
November 7 8 Boston College (9) W, 54-7
November 14 8 Penn State (22) W, 17-16
November 28 5 @ Southern Cal (19) W, 31-23
       
Cotton Bowl      
January 1 5 Texas A&M (4) W, 28-3

 

1993 | Captains: Jeff Burris, Tim Ruddy, Aaron Taylor, Bryant Young | Record: 11-1

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 4 7 Northwestern W, 27-12
September 11 11 @ Michigan (3) W, 27-23
September 18 4 Michigan State W, 36-14
September 25 4 @ Purdue W, 17-0
October 2 4 @ Stanford W, 48-20
October 9 4 Pittsburgh W, 44-0
October 16 3 @ BYU W, 45-20
October 23 2 Southern Cal W, 31-13
October 30 2 @ Navy W, 58-27
November 13 2 Florida State (1) W, 31-24
November 20 1 Boston College (17) L, 39-41
       
Cotton Bowl      
January 1 4 Texas A&M (7) W, 24-21

 

1994 | Captains: Lee Becton, Justin Goheen, Brian Hamilton, Ryan Leahy | Record: 6-5-1

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 3 3 @ Northwestern W, 42-15
September 10 3 Michigan (6) L, 24-26
September 17 8 @ Michigan State W, 21-20
September 24 9 Purdue W, 39-21
October 1 8 Stanford W, 34-15
October 8 8 @ Boston College L, 11-30
October 15 17 BYU L, 14-21
October 29 Not Ranked Navy W, 58-21
November 12 Not Ranked @ Florida State (8) L, 16-23
November 19 Not Ranked Air Force W, 42-30
November 26 Not Ranked @ Southern Cal (17) T, 17-17
       
Fiesta Bowl      
January 2 Not Ranked Colorado (4) L, 24-41

 

1995 | Captains: Paul Grasmanis, Derrick Mayes, Ryan Leahy | Record: 9-3

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 2 9 Northwestern L, 15-17
September 9 25 @ Purdue W, 35-28
September 16 24 Vanderbilt W, 41-0
September 23 21 Texas (13) W, 55-27
September 30 15 @ Ohio State (7) L, 26-45
October 7 23 @ Washington (15) W, 29-21
October 14 17 @ Army W, 28-27
October 21 17 Southern Cal (5) W, 38-10
October 28 17 Boston College W, 20-10
November 4 12 Navy W, 35-17
November 18 8 @ Air Force W, 44-14
       
Orange Bowl      
January 1 6 Florida State (8) L, 26-31

 

1996 | Captains: Lyron Cobbins, Ron Powlus, Marc Edwards | Record: 8-3

Month ND Rank Opponent W/L Score
September 5 6 @ Vanderbilt W, 14-7
September 14 9 Purdue W, 35-0
September 21 9 @ Texas (6) W, 27-24
September 28 5 Ohio State (4) L, 16-29
October 12 11 Washington (16) W, 54-20
October 19 8 Air Force L, 17-20
November 2 19 @ Navy W, 54-27
November 9 17 @ Boston College W, 40-21
November 16 14 Pittsburgh W, 60-6
November 23 10 Rutgers W, 62-0
November 30 10 @ Southern Cal (10) L, 20-27


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