1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team
The 1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1946 college football season. The Irish, coached by Frank Leahy, ended the season with 8 wins and 1 tie, winning the national championship. The 1946 team became the fifth Irish team to win the national title and the second for Leahy. The 1946 is the first team in what is considered to be the Notre Dame Football dynasty, a stretch of games in which Notre Dame went 36-0-2 and won three national championships and two Heisman Trophies from 1946-1949. The 1946 team was cited by Sports Illustrated as the part of the second best sports dynasty (professional or collegiate) of the 20th century and second greatest college football dynasty. The season also produced one of college football's "games of the century", the famous 0-0 tie with Army at Yankee Stadium.
|1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football|
|Head coach||Frank Leahy (4th season)|
|Captain||game by game|
|Home stadium||Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)|
|1946 Midwestern college football independents records|
|No. 1 Notre Dame||–||8||–||0||–||1|
|Michigan State Normal||–||3||–||4||–||1|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
|September 28||at Illinois||W 26–6||75,119|
|October 5||Pittsburgh||W 33–0||50,350|
|October 12||Purdue||No. 3||W 49–6||55,452|
|October 26||at No. 17 Iowa||No. 2||W 41–6||52,311|
|November 2||vs. Navy||No. 2||W 28–0||63,909|
|November 9||vs. No. 1 Army||No. 2||T 0–0||74,121|
|November 16||at Northwestern||No. 2||W 27–0||56,000|
|November 23||at Tulane||No. 2||W 41–0||65,841|
|November 30||No. 16 USC||No. 2||W 26–6||55,298|
|† John Lujack, QB||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|‡ George Connor, T||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||2||1|
|John Monstrangelo, G||2||2||1||1||1|
|George Strohmeyer, C||2||1||1||1||3|
|†denotes unanimous selection|
‡denotes consensus selection Source:
College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:
|Zygmont "Ziggy" Czarobski||Tackle||1977|
|Emil "Red" Sitko||Halfback/Fullback||1984|
Notre Dame leads all universities in players inducted.
1947 NFL DraftEdit
|John Mastrangelo||Guard||2(4)||11||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|George Sullivan||Defensive End||6(5)||29||Boston Yankees|
|Bob Skoglund||Defensive End||11(1)||43||Green Bay Packers|
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