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1943 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
National champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 1
1943 record9–1
Head coachFrank Leahy (3rd season)
Offensive schemeT formation
CaptainPat Filley
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1942
1944 →

The 1943 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1943 college football season. The Irish, coached by Frank Leahy, ended the season with 9 wins and 1 loss, winning the national championship.[1] The 1943 team became the fourth Irish team to win the national title and the first for Frank Leahy. Led by Notre Dame's first Heisman Trophy winner, Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame beat seven teams ranked in the top 13 and played seven of its ten games on the road.[2] Despite a season ending loss to Great Lakes, Notre Dame was awarded its first national title by the Associated Press.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 25at PittsburghW 41–043,437
October 2Georgia TechW 55–1326,497
October 9at No. 2 MichiganNo. 1W 35–1286,408
October 16at WisconsinNo. 1W 51–016,235
October 23IllinoisNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 47–024,676
October 30vs. No. 3 NavyNo. 1W 33–677,900
November 6vs. No. 3 ArmyNo. 1W 26–075,121
November 13at No. 8 NorthwesternNo. 1W 25–649,124
November 20No. 2 Iowa Pre-FlightNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 14–1339,446
November 27at Great Lakes NavyNo. 1L 14–1923,000
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Awards and honorsEdit

All-AmericansEdit

Name AP UP INS COL AA SN L
Angelo Bertelli, QB 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Creighton Miller, HB 1 1 1 1 1
John Yonakor, E 1 1 1 1
Jim White, T 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Pat Filley, G 2 1 1
Herb Coleman, C 2
denotes consensus selection      Source:[1]

ReferencesEdit

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