Notre Dame All-Time Bowl History

 considering they’ve been playing football for over 130 years.  However, Notre Dame didn’t play in bowl games out

 of their belief in amateurism for over 40 years which means for a lot fewer bowl appearances than several other blue-blood programs.

There have been great triumphs and incredible heartbreakers both over those 40 games

.  Check out the game-by-game history of Notre Dame in postseason bowl games below.

January 1, 1925 - Rose Bowl 1925 Rose Bowl:  27-10 win vs. Stanford

January 1, 1970 - Cotton Bowl 1970 Cotton Bowl: 21-17 loss to No. 1 Texas

Notre Dame lifted their policy of not playing in any bowl games when at the conclusion of the 1969 season the Irish played top-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl.

January 1, 1971 - Cotton Bowl 1971 Cotton Bowl:  24-11 win vs. Texas

Texas entered the ’71 Cotton Bowl with a 30-game winning streak and struck first for a 3-0 first quarter lead.

 as the Irish would rise from sixth to second in the final rankings.

January 1, 1973 - Orange Bowl 1973 Orange Bowl:  40-6 loss vs. Nebraska

Nebraska dominated Notre Dame in every way possible in the first trip to the Orange Bowl for the Fighting Irish.  

Nebraska scored the games first 40 points before the Irish finally found pay-dirt in the fourth quarter while the game had already long been decided.

December 31, 1973 - Sugar Bowl 1973 Sugar Bowl: 24-23 win vs. Alabama

To this day it remains one of the biggest wins and perhaps the biggest bowl win in Notre Dame history.


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