Notre Dame Fighting Irish football (1950–59)

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1950[edit]

1950 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
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Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1950 record 4-4-1 ( Independent)
Head coach Frank Leahy
Captain Jerry Groom
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 30 #20 North Carolina #1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN[1] W 14–7  
October 7 Purdue #1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 14–28  
October 14 at Tulane #10 Tulane Stadium (Sugar Bowl) • New Orleans, LA W 13–9  
October 21 at Indiana #11 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 7–20  
October 28 #15 Michigan State Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 33–36  
November 4 vs. Navy Municipal StadiumCleveland, OH[2] W 19–10  
November 11 Pittsburgh Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 18–7  
November 18 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA T 14–14  
December 2 at Southern California LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 7–9  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game[3].

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Leon Hart End 1 1 Detroit Lions
Jim Martin Guard 2 26 Cleveland Browns
Larry Coutre Halfback 4 43 Green Bay Packers
Mike Swistowicz Halfback 5 55 New York Yanks
Frank Spaniel Halfback 5 58 Washington Redskins
Ernie Zalejski Defensive Back 5 62 Chicago Bears

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1951[edit]

1951 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #13
1951 record 7-2-1 ( Independent)
Head coach Frank Leahy
Captain Jim Mutscheller
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 29 Indiana #14 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 48–6  
October 5 at Detroit Mercy #5 Briggs Stadium[6]Detroit, MI W 40–6  
October 13 Southern Methodist #5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 20–27  
October 20 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 33–0  
October 27 Purdue #15 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 30–9  
November 3 vs. Navy #13 Babe Ruth StadiumBaltimore, MD W 19– 0  
November 10 #5 Michigan State #11 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 0–35  
November 17 at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 12–7  
November 24 Iowa Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN T 20–20  
December 1 at #20 Southern California LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 19–12  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Bob Toneff Tackle 2 22 San Francisco 49ers
John Petitbon Halfback 7 74 New York Yanks
Chet Ostrowski Defensive End 10 115 Washington Redskins
Joe Katchik Defensive End 10 118 Los Angeles Rams
Jim Mutscheller Defensive End 12 134 New York Yanks
Dave Flood Defensive Back 13 150 Pittsburgh Steelers
Paul Burns Guard 16 191 New York Giants
Billy Barrett Halfback 28 327 Green Bay Packers

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1952[edit]

1952 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #3
1952 record 7-2-1 ( Independent)
Head coach Frank Leahy
Captain Jack Alessandrini
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 27 at #12 University of Pennsylvania #10 Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA T 7–7  
October 4 at #5 Texas #19 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 14–3  
October 11 Pittsburgh #8 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 19–22  
October 18 at #9 Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 26–14  
October 25 North Carolina #16 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 34–14  
November 1 vs. Navy #13 Municipal StadiumCleveland, OH W 17– 6  
November 8 #4 Oklahoma #10 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 27–21  
November 15 at #1 Michigan State #6 Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 3–21  
November 22 at Iowa #9 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 27–0  
November 29 #2 Southern California #7 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 9–0  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise

[10]

1953[edit]

1953 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
1953 record 9-0-1
Head coach Frank Leahy
Captain Don Penza
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »

John Lattner won the Heisman Trophy although he did not even lead the Irish in passing, rushing, receiving or scoring.[11] Lattner held the Notre Dame record for all-purpose yards until Vagas Ferguson broke it in 1979.

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 26 at #6 Oklahoma #1 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 28–21  
October 3 at Purdue #1 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 37–7  
October 17 #15 Pittsburgh #1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 23–14  
October 24 #4 Georgia Tech #1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 27–14  
October 31 #20 Navy #1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 38–7  
November 7 at University of Pennsylvania #1 Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 28– 20  
November 14 at North Carolina #1 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 34–14  
November 21 #20 Iowa #1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN T 14–14  
November 28 at #20 Southern California #2 LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 48–14  
December 5 Southern Methodist #2 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 40–14  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Game summaries[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 7 7 14 0 28
Oklahoma 7 7 0 7 21

Don Penza blocked and recovered a kick to set up one touchdown and recovered a fumble that led to another Notre Dame score.[13]



Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • John Lattner, Heisman Trophy[15]

1954[edit]

1954 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #4
1954 record 9-1-0 ( Independent)
Head coach Terry Brennan
Captain Paul Matz
Captain Dan Shannon
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »

Rivalries[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25 #4 Texas #2 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 21–0  
October 2 #19 Purdue #1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 14–27  
October 9 at Pittsburgh #8 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 33–0  
October 16 Michigan State #8 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 20–19  
October 30 vs. #15 Navy #6 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD W 6–0  
November 6 at University of Pennsylvania #5 Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 42– 7  
November 13 North Carolina #5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 42–13  
November 20 at #19 Iowa #4 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 34–18  
November 27 #17 Southern California #4 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 23–17  
December 4 at Southern Methodist #4 Cotton BowlDallas (Fair Park), TX W 26–14  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise

[17]

1955[edit]

1955 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #9
1955 record 8-2 ( Independent)
Head coach Terry Brennan
Captain Ray Lemek
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 24 Southern Methodist #11 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 17–0  
October 1 Indiana #4 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 19–0  
October 7 at #15 Miami #5 Burdine Stadium (Orange Bowl) • Miami, FL W 14–0  
October 15 at #13 Michigan State #4 Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 7–21  
October 22 at Purdue #11 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 22–7  
October 29 #4 Navy #9 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 21– 7  
November 5 at University of Pennsylvania #6 Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 46–14  
November 12 at North Carolina #5 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 27–7  
November 19 Iowa #4 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 17–14  
November 26 at Southern California #5 LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 20–42  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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1956[edit]

1956 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
1956 record 2-8-0 ( Independent)
Head coach Terry Brennan
Captain Jim Morse
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »

Paul Hornung carried the ball 94 times his senior year for 420 yards for an average of 4.5 yards per try. He completed 59 of 111 passes for a total offensive figure of 1,337 yards. He is the only Heisman winner to have played on a losing team as the Irish were 2-8 in 1956[19]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 22 at Southern Methodist #3 Cotton BowlDallas (Fair Park), TX L 13–19  
October 6 Indiana #17 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 20–6  
October 13 Purdue #18 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 14–28  
October 20 #2 Michigan State Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 14–47  
October 27 #2 Oklahoma Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 0–40  
November 3 at Navy Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD L 7– 33  
November 10 at #20 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 13–26  
November 17 North Carolina Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 21–14  
November 24 at #3 Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 8–48  
December 1 at #17 Southern California LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 20–28  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Paul Hornung, Heisman Trophy[21]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise

[22]

1957[edit]

1957 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #10
1957 record 7-3-0 ( Independent)
Head coach Terry Brennan
Captain Dick Prendergast
Captain Ed Sullivan
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »

The season's 7-0 victory over Oklahoma snapped OU's NCAA record 47 game winning streak.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 28 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 12–0  
October 5 Indiana #16 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 26–0  
October 12 vs. #10 Army #12 Municipal StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 23–21  
October 26 Pittsburgh #7 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 13–7  
November 2 #16 Navy #5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 6–20  
November 9 at #4 Michigan State #15 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 6–34  
November 16 at #2 Oklahoma Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 7–0  
November 23 #8 Iowa #9 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 13–21  
November 30 Southern California #12 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 40–12  
December 7 at Southern Methodist #12 Cotton BowlDallas (Fair Park), TX W 54–21  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise

[24]

1958[edit]

1958 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #14
AP #17
1958 record 6-4-0 ( Independent)
Head coach Terry Brennan
Captain Al Ecuyer
Captain Chuck Puntillo
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 27 Indiana #5 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 18–0  
October 4 at #17 Southern Methodist #7 Cotton BowlDallas (Fair Park), TX W 14–6  
October 11 #3 Army #4 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 2–14  
October 18 Duke #12 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 9–7  
October 25 #15 Purdue #11 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 22–29  
November 1 vs. #15 Navy Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD W 40–20  
November 8 at Pittsburgh #14 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 26–29  
November 15 #11 North Carolina Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 34–24  
November 22 at #6 Iowa #15 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 21–31  
November 29 at Southern California #18 LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 20–13  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Awards and honors[edit]

1959[edit]

1959 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference NCAA Division I-A Independent Schools
Ranking
Coaches #18
AP #17
1959 record 5-5-0 ( Independent)
Head coach Joe Kuharich
Captain Ken Adamson
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 26 North Carolina Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 28–8  
October 3 at Purdue #8 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 7–28  
October 10 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 28–6  
October 17 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 0– 19  
October 24 #2 Northwestern Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 24–30  
October 31 Navy Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 25– 22  
November 7 #19 Georgia Tech Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 10–14  
November 14 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 13–28  
November 21 at #16 Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 20–19  
November 28 #7 Southern California Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 16–6  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Note: While Notre Dame, IN is the official home of the University of Notre Dame as per its status as a Census-Designated Place, South Bend, IN is more commonly referred to as the site of Notre Dame.
  2. ^ "Notre Dame vs. Navy :: The Rivalry". Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "1950 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule and Results". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  4. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1950
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1950.htm
  6. ^ "Notre Dame Night Games". Forever Irish: Celebrating the Heritage of Notre Dame Football. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  7. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1951
  8. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1951.htm
  9. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1952
  10. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1952.htm
  11. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/j-lattner53.html
  12. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1953
  13. ^ "Fighting Irish Roar Back to 28-21 Victory." Palm Beach Post. 1953 Sept 27 Retrieved 2013-Jul-7.
  14. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1953.htm
  15. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html
  16. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1954
  17. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1954.htm
  18. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1955
  19. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/p-hornung56.html
  20. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1956
  21. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html
  22. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1956.htm
  23. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1957
  24. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1957.htm
  25. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1958
  26. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=143&season=1959