1943 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1943 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Consensus National Champions
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP #1
1943 record 9-1
Head coach Frank Leahy (3rd year)
Offensive scheme T-Formation
Captain Pat Filley
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1942 1944 »

The 1943 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1943 college football season. The Irish, coached by Frank Leahy, ended the season with 9 wins and 1 loss, winning the national championship.[1] The 1943 team became the fourth Irish team to win the national title and the first for Frank Leahy. Led by Notre Dame's first Heisman Trophy winner, Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame beat seven teams ranked in the top 13 and played seven of its ten games on the road.[2] Despite a season ending loss to Great Lakes, Notre Dame was awarded its first national title by the Associated Press.[3]

Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 25 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA W 41-0   43,437
October 2 Georgia Tech Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN W 55-13   26,497
October 9 at #2 Michigan #1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) W 35-12   86,408
October 16 at Wisconsin #1 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 51-0   16,235
October 23 Illinois #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 47-0   24,676
October 30 vs. #3 Navy #1 Cleveland StadiumCleveland, OH W 33-6   77,900
November 6 vs. #3 Army #1 Yankee StadiumNew York, NY W 26-0   75,121
November 13 at #8 Northwestern #1 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL (Rivalry) W 25-6   49,124
November 20 #2 Iowa Pre-Flight #1 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 14-13   39,446
November 27 at Great Lakes #1 Comiskey ParkNorth Chicago, IL L 14-19   23,000
#Rankings from AP. All times are in Eastern Time.

Post-season[edit]

All-Americans:

Name AP UP INS COL AA SN L
Angelo Bertelli, QB 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Creighton Miller, HB 1 1 1 1 1
John Yonakor, E 1 1 1 1
Jim White, T 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Pat Filley, G 2 1 1
Herb Coleman, C 2
denotes consensus selection      Source:[1]

College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:

Name Position Year Inducted
Angelo Bertelli Quarterback 1972
Zygmont Czarobski Tackle 1977
Frank Leahy Coach 1970
Creighton Miller Halfback 1976

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

1944 NFL Draft[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: History and Records (pages 131-175)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  2. ^ "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: 2007 Supplement (page 163)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Past Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I FBS) National Champions (formerly called Division I-A)". ncaa.org. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Heisman Voting". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "College Football Hall of Famers.". collegefootball.org. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01.