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1920 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1920 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1920 college football season,[1] led by third-year head coach Knute Rockne. The team won all nine games and was selected retroactively as national champion by the Billingsley Report and as a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[2]

1920 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
National champion (Billingsley)
Co-national champion (Davis)
ConferenceIndependent
1920 record9–0
Head coachKnute Rockne (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSingle-wing
Base defense7–2–2
CaptainFrank Coughlin
Home stadiumCartier Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1919
1921 →
1920 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Notre Dame         9 0 0
USC         6 0 0
Penn State         7 0 2
Army         7 2 0
Dartmouth         7 2 0
Navy         6 2 0
Idaho         4 2 0
Montana         4 3 0
Delaware         3 5 1
Texas Mines         2 4 0
Drexel         0 6 0

Senior back George Gipp was a consensus All-American, but died on December 14 due to a streptococcal throat infection and pneumonia.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 2KalamazooW 39–05,000
October 9Western State
  • Cartier Field
  • South Bend, IN
W 42–03,500
October 16at NebraskaW 16–79,000
October 23Valparaiso
  • Cartier Field
  • South Bend, IN
W 28–38,000
October 30at ArmyW 27–1710,000
November 6Purdue
  • Cartier Field
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 28–012,000
November 13vs. IndianaIndianapolis, INW 13–1014,000
November 20at NorthwesternW 33–720,000
November 25at Michigan AgriculturalW 25–08,000[4]

Source:[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.archives.nd.edu/Football/Football-1920.pdf
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Gipp will be buried Thursday". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 15, 1920. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Notre Dame Triumphs Over Aggies in Stubborn Fight". The Lansing State Journal. November 26, 1920. p. 28 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "1920 Notre Dame Fighting Irish". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
  6. ^ "Notre Dame Football :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics". und.com.