1950 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
1950 record4–4–1
Head coachFrank Leahy (8th season)
CaptainJerry Groom
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
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1950 NCAA independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Drexel         6 1 0
Penn State         5 3 1
Montana         5 5 0
Syracuse         5 5 0
Notre Dame         4 4 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1950 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1950 college football season. The Irish, coached by Frank Leahy during his eighth year at Notre Dame, ended the season with 4 wins, 4 losses, and one tie. Though they were ranked #1 in the preseason AP Poll[1]and were the defending National Champions, the 1950 team– without Heisman Trophy-winner Leon Hart, who had graduated in the spring and was drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions with the first overall pick– only achieved a .500 record for the season.


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


September 30No. 20 North CarolinaNo. 1W 14–756,430
October 7PurdueNo. 1L 14–2856,746
October 14at TulaneNo. 10W 13–973,159
October 21at IndianaNo. 11L 7–2034,100
October 28No. 15 Michigan StateL 33–3657,866
November 4vs. NavyW 19–1071,074
November 11PittsburghW 18–756,966
November 18at IowaT 14–1452,863
December 2at USCL 7–970,177

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season. Bob Williams was the 2nd pick in the first round.


  1. "1950 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule and Results". College Football at Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. Note: While Notre Dame, IN is the official home of the University of Notre Dame as per its status as a Census-Designated Place, South Bend, IN is more commonly referred to as the site of Notre Dame.
  3. "Notre Dame vs. Navy :: The Rivalry". Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  4. "1950 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule and Results". College Football at Retrieved 7 June 2012.

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