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1953 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1953 record9–0–1
Head coachFrank Leahy (11th season)
CaptainDon Penza
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 NCAA independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Notre Dame         9 0 1
Southern Miss         9 2 0
Penn State         6 3 0
Syracuse         5 3 1
Drexel         2 3 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1953 college football season. John Lattner won the Heisman Trophy although he did not even lead the Irish in passing, rushing, receiving or scoring.[1] Lattner held the Notre Dame record for all-purpose yards until Vagas Ferguson broke it in 1979.

RivalriesEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 26at No. 6 OklahomaNo. 1W 28–2159,500
October 3at PurdueNo. 1W 37–749,135
October 17No. 15 PittsburghNo. 1W 23–1457,998
October 24No. 4 Georgia TechNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 27–1458,254
October 31No. 20 NavyNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
W 38–758,154
November 7at PennNo. 1W 28–2074,711
November 14at North CarolinaNo. 1W 34–1443,000
November 21No. 20 IowaNo. 1
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
T 14–1456,478
November 28at No. 20 USCNo. 2W 48–1497,952
December 5SMUNo. 2
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 40–1455,522
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

  • QB Ralph Gugliemi
  • HB Johnny Lattner

Game summariesEdit

OklahomaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Notre Dame 7 7 14 0 28
Oklahoma 7 7 0 7 21

Don Penza blocked and recovered a kick to set up one touchdown and recovered a fumble that led to another Notre Dame score.[2]

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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