1989 NCAA Division I-A football season

1989 NCAA Division I-A football season

The 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Miami winning its third National Championship during the 80s, cementing it's claim as the decade's top team, winning more titles than any other program.

Notre Dame signed a six-year, $30 million deal with NBC, granting the network the exclusive rights to broadcast Notre Dame football.

Florida State University begins 0-2 and finishes the season 10-2 beating the National Champions Miami and beating Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl

Two big names retired from the coaching ranks, Michigan's Bo Schembechler and Oklahoma's Barry Switzer, while a soon to be legendary coach Steve Spurrier was hired by the University of Florida away from Duke in an effort to clean up after a decade of NCAA sanctions.

Houston quarterback Andre Ware ran the run and shoot offence all the way to the Heisman Trophy and numerous records.

Conference Standings

"W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, Conf. = Conference Record"

#1 and #2 Progress

Notable Rivalry Games

Bowl Games

*Rose Bowl: #12 USC 17, #3 Michigan 10
*Sugar Bowl: #2 Miami(FL) 33, #7 Alabama 25
*Cotton Bowl: #8 Tennessee 31, #10 Arkansas 27
*Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State 41, #6 Nebraska 17
*Florida Citrus Bowl: #11 Illinois 31, #15 Virginia 21
*Orange Bowl: #4 Notre Dame 21, #1 Colorado 6
*Hall of Fame Bowl: #9 Auburn 31, #21 Ohio State 14
*Gator Bowl: #14 Clemson 27, #17 West Virginia 7
*John Hancock Bowl: #24 Pittsburgh 31, #16 Texas A&M 28
*Copper Bowl: Arizona 17, NC State 10
*Holiday Bowl: #18 Penn State 50, #19 BYU 39
*Freedom Bowl: Washington 34, Florida 7
*Peach Bowl: Syracuse 19, Georgia 18
*All-American Bowl: #25 Texas Tech 49, #20 Duke 21
*Liberty Bowl: Mississippi 42, Air Force 29
*Aloha Bowl: #22 Michigan State 33, #23 Hawaii 13
*Independence Bowl: Oregon 27, Tulsa 24
*California Bowl: Fresno State 27, Ball State 6

Final AP Poll

#Miami, FL
#Notre Dame
#Florida State
#Colorado (Big Eight Champion)
#Tennessee (SEC Co-Champion)
#Auburn (SEC Co-Champion)
#Michigan (Big 10 Champion)
#Southern California (Pac 10 Champion)
#Alabama (SEC Co-Champion)
#Arkansas (SWC Champion)
#Penn State
#Michigan State
#Virginia (ACC Champion)
#Texas Tech
#Texas A&M
#West Virginia
#BYU (WAC Champion)
#Ohio State

Final Coaches Poll

# Miami (FL)
# Florida St.
# Notre Dame (IN)
# Colorado
# Tennessee
# Auburn (AL)
# Alabama
# Michigan
# Southern California
# Illinois
# Clemson (SC)
# Nebraska
# Arkansas
# Penn St.
# Virginia
# Texas Tech
# Michigan St.
# Brigham Young (UT)
# Pittsburgh (PA)
# Washington

Heisman Trophy

#Winner: Andre Ware, Houston, Jr. QB
#Anthony Thompson, Indiana, Sr. RB
#Major Harris, West Virginia, Jr. QB
#Tony Rice, Notre Dame, Sr. QB
#Darian Hagan, Colorado, So. QB

Other Major Awards

*Maxwell (Player): Anthony Thompson, Indiana
*Camp (Back): Andre Ware, Houston
*O'Brein Award (QB): Andre Ware, Houston
*Rockne (Lineman): Chris Zorich, Notre Dame, NT
*Lombardi (Linebacker): Percy Snow, Michigan St.
*Outland (Interior): Mohammed Elewonibi, BYU
*Coach of the Year: Bill McCartney, Colorado

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