1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
National champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 27–10 vs. Stanford
ConferenceIndependent
Record10–0
Head coach
Offensive schemeNotre Dame Box
Base defense7–2–2
CaptainAdam Walsh
Home stadiumCartier Field
Seasons
← 1923
1925 →
1924 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Notre Dame     10 0 0
Central Michigan     7 1 0
Western State Normal (MI)     5 1 1
John Carroll     7 2 0
Haskell     7 2 1
Indiana State     6 2 0
Loyola (IL)     5 2 2
Marquette     5 2 0
Dayton     7 3 0
Saint Louis     6 3 0
Michigan Agricultural     5 3 0
Wabash     5 4 0
Butler     4 5 0
Detroit     4 5 0
Muncie Normal     1 3 0
Kent State     0 4 0

The 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team was an American football team that represented the University of Notre Dame as an independent during the 1924 college football season. In their seventh season under head coach Knute Rockne, the Fighting Irish compiled a perfect 10–0 record, defeated Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl, and outscored opponents by a total of 285 to 54.[1] The team was led by the legendary backfield known as the "Four Horsemen" consisting of quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, halfbacks Don Miller and Jim Crowley, and fullback Elmer Layden.

There were no polls in 1924 to determine a national championship. In later analyses, Notre Dame was rated as the consensus 1924 national champion by the Berryman QPRS system, Billingsley Report, Boand System, Dickinson System, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, Poling System, and Jeff Sagarin.[2]

Three of the Four Horsemen, Stuhldreher, Crowley, and Layden, were consensus first-team picks on the 1924 All-America college football team.[3] Other notable players included tackle Joe Bach and center Adam Walsh. The Four Horsemen, Walsh, and coach Rockne were all later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

The 1925 Rose Bowl was Notre Dame's last bowl appearance until the 1969 season. The Fighting Irish played their home games at Cartier Field.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
October 4LombardW 40–09,000[10]
October 11Wabash
  • Cartier Field
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 34–013,000[11]
October 18at ArmyW 13–750,000[12]
October 25at PrincetonW 12–040,000[13]
November 1Georgia Tech
  • Cartier Field
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 34–324,000[14]
November 8at WisconsinW 38–328,425[15]
November 15Nebraska
  • Cartier Field
  • Notre Dame, IN
W 34–626,000[16]
November 22at NorthwesternW 13–635,000[17]
November 29at Carnegie TechW 40–1930,000[18]
January 1, 1925vs. StanfordW 27–1060,000[19]

Source:[20]

Personnel

Depth chart

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Notre Dame's lineup during the 1924 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis. The chart mimics a Notre Dame Box on offense.

LE
Chuck Collins ()
Clem Crowe
Larry Keefe
Clarence Reilly
LT LG C RG RT
Joe Bach () John Weibel () Adam Walsh () Noble Kizer () Edgar Miller ()
Joe Boland () Vince Harrington () Joe Harmon Herb Eggert John McManmon
John McMullan Charles Glueckert Russ Arndt Joe Dienhart
RE
Ed Hunsinger ()
Wilbur Eaton
Joe Maxwell
Joe Rigali
John Wallace
QB
Harry Stuhldreher ()
Frank Reese
Eddie Scharer
Red Edwards
RHB
Don Miller ()
Tom Hearden
Doc Connell
Gerry Miller
Joe Prelli
LHB
Jim Crowley ()
Max Houser
Bernie Coughlin
John Roach
Oswald Geniesse
FB
Elmer Layden ()
Bernie Livergood
Dick Hanousek
Bill Cerney
Harry O'Boyle

Line

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown High school Height Weight Age
17 Joe Bach Tackle Chisholm, Minnesota
27 Chuck Collins End Oak Park, Illinois
12 Ed Hunsinger End Chillicothe, Ohio
11 Noble Kizer Guard Plymouth, Indiana
14 Edgar Miller Tackle Canton, Ohio
4 Adam Walsh Center Hollywood, California Hollywood 6'0" 190
3 John Weibel Guard Erie, Pennsylvania

Backfield

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown High school Height Weight Age
18 Jim Crowley halfback Green Bay, Wisconsin East 5' 11" 160
5 Elmer Layden fullback Davenport, Iowa Davenport 5' 11" 162
16 Don Miller halfback Defiance, Ohio Defiance 5' 11" 160
32 Harry Stuhldreher quarterback Massillon, Ohio Washington 5' 7" 151

Subs

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown High school Height Weight Age
36 Russ Arndt Center Mishawaka, Indiana
62 Joe Boland Tackle Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23 Bill Cerney Fullback Chicago, Illinois
9 Doc Connell Halfback Beloit, Wisconsin
43 Bernie Coughlin Halfback Waseca, Minnesota
Clem Crowe End Lafayette, Indiana
38 Joe Dienhart Guard Lafayette, Indiana
25 Red Edwards Quarterback Weston, West Virginia
67 Herb Eggert Guard Chicago, Illinois
21 Wilbur Eaton End Omaha, Nebraska
49 Oswald Geniesse Halfback Green Bay, Wisconsin
67 Charles Glueckert Guard South Bend, Indiana
6 Vincent F. Harrington Guard Sioux City, Iowa
2 Dick Hanousek Fullback Antigo, Wisconsin
20 Joe Harmon Center Indianapolis, Indiana
19 Tom Hearden Halfback Green Bay, Wisconsin
47 Max Houser Halfback Mount Vernon, Washington
1 Larry Keefe End Cortland, New York
30 Bernie Livergood Fullback Stonington, Illinois
8 Joe Maxwell End Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7 John McManmon Tackle Lowell, Massachusetts
51 John McMullan Tackle Chicago, Illinois
65 Gerry Miller Halfback Defiance, Ohio
24 Harry O'Boyle Fullback Des Moines, Iowa
22 Joe Prelli Halfback Brentwood, California
31 Frank Reese Quarterback Robinson, Illinois
44 Clarence Reilly End South Bend, Indiana
57 Joe Rigali End Oak Park, Illinois
John Roach Halfback Appleton, Wisconsin
33 Eddie Scharer Quarterback Toledo, Ohio
46 John Wallace End Calumet City, Illinois

References

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  2. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 113. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
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  5. ^ "Jim Crowley". National Football Foundation. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "Elmer Layden". National Football Foundation. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  7. ^ "Don Miller". National Football Foundation. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "Harry Stuhldreher". National Football Foundation. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  9. ^ "Adam Walsh". National Football Foundation. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  10. ^ "N. D. Starts with 40 to 0 Victory: Beats Lombard With Ease in Season Opener". The South Bend Tribune. October 5, 1924. pp. 1, Sport 2 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Notre Dame Defeats Wabash, 34-0: Presbyterians Held Helpless Before Attack; Rockmen Win Easily and Without Any Special Effort". The South Bend Tribune. October 12, 1924. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Paul Gallico (October 19, 1924). "Notre Dame Team Routs Army, 13-7: Rockne's Wonders Weave Rings Around Cadets for Eighth Straight Win". New York Daily News. p. 58 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Harry Schumacher (October 26, 1924). "Notre Dame, Columbia Win: Hoosiers Tame the Tigers Speedy Game, 12-0". New York Daily News. p. 58 – via Newspapers.com.
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  16. ^ Kenneth S. Conn (November 16, 1924). "Rockmen Crowned Kings: Famous Irish Eleven Wins Grid Honors; Defeats Nebraska and Annexes National Championship". The South Bend Tribune. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ Wallace Abbey (November 23, 1924). "N. Dame Held To 13-6 Win By Purple: Speedy Baker's Tribe Slows Up Famed Cavalry; 35,000 Watch Thrilling Struggle". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. II-1 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Notre Dame Downs Carnegie, 40-19, After Tartans Take Lead: Skibos Shatter Rockne's Line in Opening Quarter as 30,000 Wildly Cheer". The Gazette Times. Pittsburgh. November 30, 1924. pp. 1, 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ Bill Henry (January 2, 1925). "Notre Dame Wins 27-10: Stanford Beaten at Pasadena; Speed and Brains of Notre Dame Gridders Prove Too Much for Card Outfit". Los Angeles Times. pp. 1, 12 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ 2014 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football media guide. Retrieved July 12, 2015.