1913 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1913 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame football team, 1913.JPG
Conference Independent
1913 record 7–0
Head coach Jesse Harper (1st year)
Offensive scheme Notre Dame Box
Captain Knute Rockne
Home stadium Cartier Field
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The 1913 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1913 college football season.

Jesse Harper became head coach in 1913 and remained so until he retired in 1917. During his tenure the Irish began playing only intercollegiate games and posted a record of 34 wins, five losses, and one tie. This period also marked the beginning of the rivalry with Army and the continuation of rivalries with Michigan State. In an effort to gain respect for a regionally successful but small-time Midwestern football program, Harper scheduled games in his first season with national powerhouses Texas, Penn State, and Army.


Date Opponent Site Result
October 4 Ohio Northern Cartier FieldSouth Bend, IN W 87–0  
October 18 South Dakota Cartier Field • South Bend, IN W 20–7  
October 25 Alma Cartier Field • South Bend, IN W 62–0  
November 1 at Army The PlainWest Point, NY (Rivalry) W 35–13  
November 8 at Penn State New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, PA W 14–7  
November 22 at Christian Brothers St. Louis, MO W 20–7  
November 27 at Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 30–7  


Season summary[edit]

Week 4: at Army[edit]

Notre Dame burst into the national consciousness and helped to transform the collegiate game in a single contest. On November 1, 1913, the Notre Dame squad stunned the Black Knights of the Hudson 35–13 in a game played at West Point. Led by quarterback Charles "Gus" Dorais and end (soon to be legendary coach) Knute Rockne, the Notre Dame team attacked the Cadets with an offense that featured both the expected powerful running game but also long and accurate downfield forward passes from Dorais to Rockne. This game has been miscredited as the invention of the forward pass. Prior to this contest, receivers would come to a full-stop and wait on the ball to come to them, but in this contest, Dorais threw to Rockne in stride, changing the forward pass from a seldom-used play into the dominant ball-moving strategy that it is today.