College Football Belt - 1986 Notre Dame at Alabama
 

Notre Dame

Fighting Irish

Alabama

Crimson Tide

Played October 4, 1986

at Legion Field

Birmingham, Alabama

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Notre Dame 1 8 4 0 .667 2 2 0 .500 5 2 0 .714 1 0 0 1.000
Alabama 2 15 3 0 .833 7 2 0 .778 5 0 0 1.000 3 1 0 .750

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

12/31/1973

Sugar Bowl

Notre Dame

24

Alabama

23

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Notre Dame

0

10

0

0

10

Alabama

7

14

7

0

28

 

First-year coach Lou Holtz brought his 1-2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Birmingham to meet the 2nd ranked, 4-0 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Ray Perkins.  Alabama had lost all four of their previous games to Notre Dame including one Belt match-up but this Irish team, while talented, lacked discipline during the Gerry Faust era & Holtz was still restoring that when this match-up with the Crimson Tide occurred.  Alabama's QB Mike Shula threw 3 touchdown passes to lead the Crimson Tide to a 28-10 victory over Notre Dame.  Alabama got the scoring going early when WR Greg Richardson took a Notre Dame punt & returned it 66 yards for a touchdown giving the Crimson Tide a 7-0 lead.  Early in the 2nd quarter, Shula found WR Al Bell open for a 52-yard touchdown pass pushing the Alabama lead to 14-0.  Notre Dame got a break when Shula fumbled at the Alabama 11-yard line late in the quarter & Irish QB Steve Beuerlein hit WR Tim Brown for an 8-yard touchdown pass.  Alabama came right back with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Shula to TE Howard Cross for a 21-7 lead.  Notre Dame got the final points of the 1st half when PK John Carney hit a 22-yard field goal on the last play of the half but the Irish still trailed 21-10 at the intermission.  Both defense settled in for the 2nd half with the only points coming in the 3rd quarter when Shula connected with Bell for a 22-yard touchdown pass.  Shula finished with 191 yards passing with 3 touchdowns but an interception while Bell had 5 catches for 99 yards with his 2 touchdowns.  One of the sacks delivered by Alabama's All-American LB Cornelius Bennett on Beuerlein is memorialize in a painting favored by Crimson Tide's fans.  Beuerlein threw for 66 yards with a touchdown but an interception & back-up QB Terry Andrysiak threw for 90 yards with an interception in the loss.  Alabama finished the season 10-3; ranked 9th nationally while the Fighting Irish finished 5-6.  Notre Dame would play for The Belt again in 6 weeks.

 

 

 

Notre Dame Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Pernell Taylor 7 46 0 6.57 Bobby Humphrey 17 73 0 4.29
Terry Andrysiak 11 33 0 3.00 Al Bell 2 40 0 20.00
Anthony Johnson 4 23 0 5.75 Bo Wright 5 28 0 5.60
Steve Belles 2 19 0 9.50 Kerry Goode 5 15 0 3.00
Tim Brown 4 12 0 3.00 Mike Shula 4 -29 0 -7.25
Mark Green 4 12 0 3.00          
Reggie Ward 1 11 0 11.00          
Braxston Banks 2 8 0 4.00          
D'Juan Francisco 2 8 0 4.00          
Tom Monahan 2 4 0 2.00          
Ray Dumas 1 -1 0 -1.00          
Hiawatha Francisco 1 -1 0 -1.00          
Steve Beuerlein 3 -6 0 -2.00          
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Terry Andrysiak 18 8 1 90 0 Mike Shula 23 15 1 191 3
Steve Beuerlein 16 5 1 66 1            
Steve Belles 1 0 1 0 0            
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Tim Brown 3 63 1 21.00 Al Bell 5 99 2 19.80
Mark Green 4 38 0 9.50 Howard Cross 2 27 1 13.50
Milt Jackson 2 35 0 17.50 Kerry Goode 3 26 0 8.67
Reggie Ward 1 9 0 9.00 Greg Richardson 1 18 0 18.00
Joel Williams 1 8 0 8.00 Bo Wright 3 16 0 5.33
Braxston Banks 2 3 0 1.50 Bobby Humphrey 1 5 0 5.00

 

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