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1951 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1951 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1951 college football season.

1951 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
1951 record7–2–1
Head coachFrank Leahy (9th season)
CaptainJim Mutscheller
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1950
1952 →
1951 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Michigan State         9 0 0
Notre Dame         7 2 1
Fordham         5 4 0
Penn State         5 4 0
Syracuse         5 4 0
Drexel         3 4 0
Rankings from AP Poll

RivalriesEdit

  • Notre Dame lost to Michigan State in the battle for the Megaphone Trophy.
  • Notre Dame beat Purdue.
  • Notre Dame beat USC.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 29IndianaNo. 14W 48–655,790
October 5at DetroitNo. 5W 40–652,331
October 13SMUNo. 5
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
L 20–2758,240
October 20at PittsburghW 33–060,127
October 27PurdueNo. 15
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 30–957,890
November 3vs. NavyNo. 13W 19–044,237
November 10at No. 5 Michigan StateNo. 11L 0–3551,296
November 17at North CarolinaW 12–744,500
November 24Iowa
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
T 20–2040,685
December 1at No. 20 USCW 19–1255,783
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Bob Toneff Tackle 2 22 San Francisco 49ers
John Petitbon Halfback 7 74 New York Yanks
Chet Ostrowski Defensive End 10 115 Washington Redskins
Jim Mutscheller Defensive End 12 134 New York Yanks
Dave Flood Defensive Back 13 150 Pittsburgh Steelers
Paul Burns Guard 16 191 New York Giants
Billy Barrett Halfback 28 327 Green Bay Packers

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notre Dame Night Games". Forever Irish: Celebrating the Heritage of Notre Dame Football. Retrieved 7 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1951.htm