1956 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1956 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Conference Independent
1956 record 2–8
Head coach Terry Brennan (3rd year)
Captain Jim Morse
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
« 1955 1957 »
1956 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Notre Dame         2 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1956 college football season. 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[1]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 22 at SMU No. 3 Cotton BowlDallas (Fair Park), TX L 13–19   61,000
October 6 Indiana No. 17 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 20–6   58,372
October 13 Purdue No. 18 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Rivalry) L 14–28   58,778
October 20 No. 2 Michigan State Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Megaphone Trophy) L 14–47   59,378
October 27 No. 2 Oklahoma Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN L 0–40   60,128
November 3 at Navy Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD (Rivalry) L 7– 33   57,773
November 10 at No. 20 Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA L 13–26   58,697
November 17 North Carolina Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN W 21–14   56,793
November 24 at No. 3 Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA L 8–48   56,632
December 1 at No. 17 Southern California LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Jeweled Shillelagh) L 20–28   64,538
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Awards and honors[edit]

Paul Hornung, Heisman Trophy[2]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise