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1931 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceIndependent
1931 record6–2–1
Head coachHunk Anderson (1st season)
Assistant coachJack Chevigny (2nd season)
CaptainTommy Yarr
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
Seasons
← 1930
1932 →
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The 1931 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1931 college football season, led by first-year head coach Hunk Anderson.

Following the death of head coach Knute Rockne in a plane crash on March 31,[1][2][3] line coach Anderson was promoted on April 10.[4][5][6]

Notre Dame entered the season on a 19-game winning streak and opened with a road win, but then had a scoreless tie with Northwestern in the second game, played at Soldier Field in Chicago.[7] Five straight wins followed and the unbeaten string extended to 26 games, until visiting USC won by two points;[8] the Trojans were the last team to defeat Notre Dame, three years earlier in 1928.[9] The next week, Army shut out the Irish 12–0 at Yankee Stadium to conclude the season.[10]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
October 3at IndianaW 25–012,980
October 10vs. NorthwesternT 0–065,000
October 17DrakeW 63–023,835
October 24Pittsburgh
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 25–1237,394
October 31at [[{{{school}}}|Carnegie Tech]]W 19–042,271
November 7Penn
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 49–039,173
November 14vs. NavyW 20–056,861
November 21USC
L 14–1650,731
November 28vs. ArmyL 0–1278,559

Source:[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Report Knute Rockne killed in plane crash". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 1. March 31, 1931. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CNBXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0fQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6000%2C6508531.
  2. "Rockne's tragic death". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 1A. April 1, 1931. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=U1BQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YA0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5959%2C9628.
  3. "Sorrow shrouds Notre Dame faculty and students with passing of Knute Rockne". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 16. April 1, 1931. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=089XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0PQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7165%2C235149.
  4. "'Hunk' Anderson named Notre Dame coach". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 23. April 11, 1931. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XVBQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YA0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6336%2C2015951.
  5. "Anderson named Rockne successor for year". Pittsburgh Press. United Press: p. 9. April 11, 1931. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aFcbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SUsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1738%2C5964307.
  6. "Hunk Anderson lacking wizardry of psychology, but is man of action". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 3C. April 12, 1931. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XlBQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YA0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2355%2C2228094.
  7. 7.0 7.1 McIntyre, Ronald (October 11, 1931). "Wildcats and Irish engage in punt duel". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iUgaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9QwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5371%2C2002965.
  8. 8.0 8.1 McIntyre, Ronald (November 22, 1931). "Trojans halt Irish victory march". Milwaukee Sentinel: p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8ypQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_QwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5921%2C4221658.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Smith, Chester L. (November 22, 1931). "Notre Dame loses to U.S.C., 16-14, in breath-taking tilt". Pittsburgh Press: p. 1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZSIbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VEsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1912%2C3514840.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Gould, Alan (November 29, 1931). "Army whips Irish grid eleven, 12-0, in surprise upset". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-CpQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_QwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6011%2C5536979.
  11. Smith, Chester L. (November 1, 1931). "52,000 see Notre Dame beat Tech". Pittsburgh Press: p. 1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2rYcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fY4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6403%2C2566943.
  12. "1931 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule and Results | College Football at Sports-Reference.com". sports-reference.com. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/notre-dame/1931-schedule.html. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
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