1918 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1918 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
1918 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.jpg
ConferenceIndependent
1918 record3–1–2
Head coachKnute Rockne (1st season)
Offensive schemeSingle-wing
Base defense7–2–2
CaptainLeonard Bahan
Home stadiumCartier Field
Seasons
← 1917
1919 →
1918 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Navy         4 1 0
Pittsburgh         4 1 0
Army         1 0 0
Maryland State         4 1 1
Notre Dame         3 1 2
Villanova         3 2 0
Dartmouth         3 3 0
USC         2 2 2
Penn State         1 2 1
Washington State         1 1 0
Drexel         0 1 0

The 1918 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1918 college football season.

At age thirty, Knute Rockne made his head coaching debut on September 28 against Case (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland, Ohio.[1][2][3] This team included George Gipp, Hunk Anderson, and Curly Lambeau, founder and head coach of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

The schedule was curtailed from its usual 9 games to 6 due to the outbreak of the worldwide influenza epidemic. Therefore, no games were played during the month of October.[4]

"On Oct. 11, Dr. Emil G. Freyermuth, the South Bend city health officer, issued an order forbidding all public gatherings until further notice. All schools, theaters, clubs, churches and other religious institutions were closed. Public funerals, meetings, dances and other events were canceled, the University of Notre Dame football team — led by coach Knute Rockne and including star player George Gipp — canceled several football games that month."

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 28 at Case Van Horn Field • Cleveland, OH [2][3] W 26–6  
November 2 at Wabash Crawfordsville, IN W 67–7  
November 9 Great Lakes Navy Cartier FieldSouth Bend, IN T    7–7  
November 16 at Michigan Agricultural Old College FieldEast Lansing, MI (rivalry) L    7–13  
November 23 at Purdue Stuart FieldWest Lafayette, IN (rivalry) W 26–6  
November 28 at Nebraska Nebraska FieldLincoln, NE T    0–0  

Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://125.nd.edu/moments/this-day-in-history-rockne-takes-the-reins/
  2. ^ a b "Notre Dame wins". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). September 29, 1918. p. 1, part 3.
  3. ^ a b "Notre Dame wins over Case, 26 to 6". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 29, 1918. p. 1, sports.
  4. ^ Fosmoe, Margaret (October 1, 2018). "A century ago this fall, Spanish flu struck South Bend area hard". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/notre-dame/1918-schedule.html