The Shutout Season

In 1903, the Notre Dame defense did not allow a single point. Led by Louis “Red” Salmon and Frank Shaughnessy, the Irish scored 291 points, and won eight games, including a 56-0 shutout against DePauw. Notre Dame finished the season 8-0-1, tying only Northwestern, in a scoreless battle in Chicago. In this ‘Strong and True’ moment, look back at the 1903 season in images from the University of Notre Dame Archives.

1903 Notre Dame football schedule
Oct. 3: vs. Michigan State (W) 12-0
Oct. 10: vs. Lake Forest (W) 28-0
Oct. 17: vs. DePauw (W) 56-0
Oct. 24: vs. American Medical (W) 52-0
Oct. 29: vs. Chicago Physicians & Surgeons (W) 46-0
Nov. 7: vs. Missouri Osteopaths (W) 28-0
Nov. 14: vs. Northwestern (T) 0-0
Nov. 21: at Ohio Medical University (W) 35-0
Nov. 26: at Wabash (W) 34-0

1903 Notre Dame football team

The 1903 Notre Dame football team outscored its opponents, 291-0.


Frank Shaughnessy

Frank Shaughnessy (’05) was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner at end for Notre Dame.


Harry McGlew

Harry “Fuzzy” McGlew wearing a monogram sweater, circa 1903.


Red Salmon

In 1903, Louis “Red” Salmon (‘05) became the first Notre Dame player named to Walter Camp’s All-America team.


1903 Scholastic article

Part of a Scholastic article on Notre Dame’s 1903 game against Northwestern, the only tie on the schedule.


1903 season ticket

1903 season ticket issued to professor Jimmie Edwards, who also happened to be Notre Dame’s first archivist.