Looking back over Notre Dame's undefeated season, Coach Lou Holtz accepted humbly the Bear Bryant Award as the nation's top college football coach. The top-ranked Fighting Irish, 11-0, had some close calls this season.

"You look back and if Miami converts the two-point conversion and if the field goal goes through at Michigan, there were so many things," Holtz said Wednesday night. "So I accept this humbly."Notre Dame beat Michigan 19-17 and second-ranked edged Miami 31-30.

Holtz, who won the award for the second time, beat out Miami's Jimmy Johnson, West Virginia's Don Nehlen and Southern California's Larry Smith for the award, presented by the Football Writers Association of America.