1953 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1953 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1953 record 9–0–1
Head coach Frank Leahy (8th year of 2nd stint; 11th overall year)
Captain Don Penza
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »

The 1953 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1953 college football season. John Lattner won the Heisman Trophy although he did not even lead the Irish in passing, rushing, receiving or scoring.[1] 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 Attendance
September 26 at No. 6 Oklahoma No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 28–21   59,500
October 3 at Purdue No. 1 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN (Rivalry) W 37–7   49,135
October 17 No. 15 Pittsburgh No. 1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 23–14   57,998
October 24 No. 4 Georgia Tech No. 1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 27–14   58,254
October 31 No. 20 Navy No. 1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) W 38–7   58,154
November 7 at Pennsylvania No. 1 Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 28– 20   74,711
November 14 at North Carolina No. 1 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 34–14   43,000
November 21 No. 20 Iowa No. 1 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN T 14–14   56,478
November 28 at No. 20 USC No. 2 LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) W 48–14   97,952
December 5 SMU No. 2 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 40–14   55,522
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

[2]

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.[3]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise

[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • John Lattner, Heisman Trophy[5]

References[edit]