1956 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
ConferenceIndependent
1956 record2–8
Head coachTerry Brennan (3rd season)
CaptainJim Morse
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 NCAA University Division independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Miami (FL)         8 1 1
No. 8 Syracuse         7 2 0
No. 13 Pittsburgh         7 3 1
No. 16 Navy         6 1 2
Air Force         6 2 1
Penn State         6 2 1
Pacific (CA)         6 3 1
Army         5 3 1
Holy Cross         5 3 1
Villanova         5 4 0
Boston College         5 4 0
Florida State         5 4 1
Cincinnati         4 5 0
Colgate         4 5 0
Dayton         4 6 0
Drake         3 6 0
Rutgers         3 7 0
Texas Tech         2 7 1
San Jose State         2 7 1
Notre Dame         2 8 0
Boston University         1 5 2
Marquette         0 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. Paul Hornung carried the ball 94 times his senior year for 420 yards for an average of 4.5 yards per try. He completed 59 of 111 passes for a total offensive figure of 1,337 yards. He is the only Heisman winner to have played on a losing team as the Irish were 2–8 in 1956.[1]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 22at SMUNo. 3L 13–1961,000
October 6IndianaNo. 17W 20–658,372
October 13PurdueNo. 18
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
L 14–2858,778
October 20No. 2 Michigan State
L 14–4759,378
October 27No. 2 Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
L 0–4060,128
November 3at NavyL 7–3357,773
November 10at No. 20 PittsburghL 13–2658,697
November 17North Carolina
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
W 21–1456,793
November 24at No. 3 IowaL 8–4856,632
December 1at No. 17 USCL 20–2864,538
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Paul Hornung, Heisman Trophy[2]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit | edit source]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise

[3]

References[edit | edit source]

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