Notre Dame Fighting Irish Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)

Larry Rupp
Notre Dame Fighting Irish bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record. / AP Photos/Terrance Williams
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Bowl game season is an exciting time in college football. Schools across the nation will battle it out for postseason glory and a chance to end their year on a high note.

One team that's no stranger to playing in bowl games is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Here's everything you need to know about Notre Dame bowl history before making its next appearance.

Notre Dame Bowl Game History

College football fans shouldn't be shocked to find out Notre Dame has built a lengthy bowl game history over the year. The Fighting Irish have racked up 41 bowl game appearances all-time.

Notre Dame's first bowl appearance came in the 1925 Rose Bowl under head coach Knute Rockne. The Fighting Irish defeated Stanford by a score of 27-10 to earn its first bowl win. They went on to win six of their next eight bowl game appearances after that season, all against ranked opponents.

The Fighting Irish's most recent bowl appearance came in the 2022 Gator Bowl against South Carolina. Notre Dame won in a shootout, defeating the Gamecocks 45-38.

Notre Dame Bowl Game Wins and Appearances

Notre Dame owns a 20-21 all-time record in bowl games. Check out the school's full bowl results below.

  • Notre Dame 28, Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 1925): Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 1970): Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 1971): Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1973): Nebraska 40, Notre Dame 6
  • Sugar Bowl (Dec. 31, 1973): Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1975): Notre Dame 13, Alabama 11
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 27, 1976): Notre Dame 20, Penn State 9
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 2, 1978): Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 1979): Notre Dame 35, Houston 34
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 1981): Georgia 17, Notre Dame 10
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29, 1983): Notre Dame 19, Boston College 18
  • Aloha Bowl (Dec. 29, 1984): SMU 27, Notre Dame 20
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 1988): Texas A&M 35, Notre Dame 10
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2, 1989): Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1990): Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1991): Colorado 10, Notre Dame 9
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 1992): Notre Dame 39, Florida 28
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 1993): Notre Dame 28, Texas A&M 3
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 1994): Notre Dame 24, Texas A&M 21
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2, 1995): Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24
  • Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1996): Florida State 31, Notre Dame 26
  • Independence Bowl (Dec. 28, 1997): LSU 27, Notre Dame 9
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1999): Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 2001): Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
  • Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 2003): NC State 28, Notre Dame 6
  • Insight Bowl (Dec. 28, 2004): Oregon State 38, Notre Dame 21
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2, 2006): Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
  • Sugar Bowl (Jan. 3, 2007): LSU 41, Notre Dame 14
  • Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24, 2008): Notre Dame 49, Hawaii 21
  • Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, 2010): Notre Dame 33, Miami 17
  • Champs Sport Bowl (Dec. 29, 2011): Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14
  • BCS National Championship (Jan. 7, 2013): Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14
  • Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28, 2013): Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16 (vacated)
  • Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, 2014): Notre Dame 31, LSU 28
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 2016): Ohio State 44, Notre Dame 28
  • Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 2018): Notre Dame 21, LSU 17
  • Cotton Bowl Classic (Dec. 29, 2018): Clemson 30, Notre Dame 3
  • Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28, 2019): Notre Dame 33, Iowa State 9
  • Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 2021): Alabama 31, Notre Dame 14
  • Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 2022): Oklahoma State 37, Notre Dame 35
  • Gator Bowl (Dec. 30, 2022): Notre Dame 45, South Carolina 38

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