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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.[1] 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.[1] The 1946 team was cited by Sports Illustrated as the part of the second best sports dynasty (professional or collegiate) of the 20th century[2] and second greatest college football dynasty.[3] 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
National champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 1
1946 record8–0–1
Head coachFrank Leahy (4th season)
Offensive schemeT-Formation
Captaingame by game
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1945
1947 →
1946 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame         8 0 1
Hawaii         8 2 0
Penn State         6 2 0
Drexel         3 4 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

SeasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 28at IllinoisW 26–675,119
October 5PittsburghW 33–050,350
October 12PurdueNo. 3
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 49–655,452
October 26at No. 17 IowaNo. 2W 41–652,311
November 2vs. NavyNo. 2W 28–063,909
November 9vs. No. 1 ArmyNo. 2T 0–074,121
November 16at NorthwesternNo. 2
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 27–056,000
November 23at TulaneNo. 2W 41–065,841
November 30No. 16 USCNo. 2
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 26–655,298

Post-seasonEdit

Award winnersEdit

All-Americans:

Name AP UP NEA INS COL AA SN L FC
† 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:[1]

College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:

Name Position Year Inducted
George Connor Tackle 1963
Zygmont "Ziggy" Czarobski Tackle 1977
Bill Fischer Tackle/Guard 1983
Leon Hart End 1973
Frank Leahy Coach 1970
Johnny Lujack Quarterback 1960
Jim Martin End/Tackle 1995
Emil "Red" Sitko Halfback/Fullback 1984

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

1947 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
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
Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2007 Notre Dame Media Guide: History and Records (pages 131-175)". und.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  2. ^ "SI's Top 20 Dynasties of the 20th Century". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 1999-06-03. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  3. ^ "College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  4. ^ "ALL-TIME OUTLAND TROPHY WINNERS". Football Writers Association of America. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame: Select group by school". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  6. ^ "NFL Draft History". NFL.com. Retrieved January 7, 2013.