1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
National Champions
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #1
1946 record 8-0-1
Head coach Frank Leahy
Offensive scheme T-Formation
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1945 1947 »

The 1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1946 college football season. The Irish, coached by Frank Leahy, ended the season with 8 wins and 1 tie, winning the national championship.[1] The 1946 team became the fifth Irish team to win the national title and the second for Leahy. The 1946 is the first team in what is considered to be the Notre Dame Football dynasty, a stretch of games in which Notre Dame went 36-0-2 and won three national championships and two Heisman Trophies from 1946-1949.[1] The 1946 team was cited by Sports Illustrated as the part of the second best sports dynasty (professional or collegiate) of the 20th century[2] and second greatest college football dynasty.[3] The season also produced one of college football's "games of the century", the famous 0-0 tie with Army at Yankee Stadium.

Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
09/28/1946 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 26-6  
10/05/1946 Pittsburgh Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 33-0  
10/12/1946 Purdue #3 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 49-6  
10/26/1946 at #17 Iowa #2 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 41-6  
11/02/1946 vs. Navy #2 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD W 28-0  
11/08/1946 vs. #1 Army #2 Yankee StadiumNew York, NY T 0-0  
11/16/1946 at Northwestern #2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 27-0  
11/23/1946 at Tulane #2 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 41-0  
11/30/1946 #16 Southern California #2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 26-6  
#Rankings from AP. All times are in Eastern Time.

Post-season[edit]

Award winners[edit]

All-Americans:

Name AP UP NEA INS COL AA SN L FC
† John Lujack, QB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
‡ George Connor, T 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
John Monstrangelo, G 2 2 1 1 1
George Strohmeyer, C 2 1 1 1 3
denotes unanimous selection
‡denotes consensus selection       Source:[1]

College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:

Name Position Year Inducted
George Connor Tackle 1963
Zygmont "Ziggy" Czarobski Tackle 1977
Bill Fischer Tackle/Guard 1983
Leon Hart End 1973
Frank Leahy Coach 1970
Johnny Lujack Quarterback 1960
Jim Martin End/Tackle 1995
Emil "Red" Sitko Halfback/Fullback 1984

[5] Notre Dame leads all universities in players inducted.

1947 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
John Mastrangelo Guard 2(4) 11 Pittsburgh Steelers
George Sullivan Defensive End 6(5) 29 Boston Yankees
Bob Skoglund Defensive End 11(1) 43 Green Bay Packers
Source:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: History and Records (pages 131-175)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  2. ^ "SI's Top 20 Dynasties of the 20th Century". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 1999-06-03. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  3. ^ "College Football’s 12 Greatest Dynasties". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  4. ^ "ALL-TIME OUTLAND TROPHY WINNERS". Football Writers Association of America. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "College Football Hall of Famers.". collegefootball.org. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  6. ^ "NFL Draft History". NFL.com. Retrieved January 7, 2013.