1930 National Championship Season

After leading the Fighting Irish to a 9-0 season and national championship in 1929, head coach Knute Rockne brought another title to Notre Dame in 1930. The team outscored opponents, 265-74, and won all ten of its games. It was also an historic season because it marked the opening of Notre Dame Stadium. Five games were played in South Bend, beginning on Oct. 4 against Southern Methodist. The season culminated with a 27-0 win at USC, and a championship celebration ensued back in Chicago and South Bend. Notre Dame had won 19 consecutive games, and the Irish seemed to be on the verge of a dynasty. In this ‘Strong and True’ moment, look back on the historic championship season through images from the University of Notre Dame Archives.

1930 Notre Dame football schedule
Oct. 4: vs. SMU (W) 20-14
Oct. 11: vs. Navy (W) 26-2
Oct. 18: vs. Carnegie Tech (W) 21-6
Oct. 25: at Pittsburgh (W) 35-19
Nov. 1: vs. Indiana (W) 27-0
Nov. 8: at Penn (W) 60-20
Nov. 15: vs. Drake (W) 28-7
Nov. 22: at Northwestern (W) 14-0
Nov. 29: vs. Army (W) 7-6
Dec. 6: at USC (W) 27-0

1930 team

The 1930 Fighting Irish were the third Notre Dame team to win a national championship.

Chicago parade

After defeating USC in the final game of the season, the Irish were greeted with a ticker tape parade in Chicago on Dec. 10.

South Bend train station

On Dec. 12, fans welcomed Notre Dame at the train station in South Bend.

1930 players

Frank Carideo, Joe Savoldi, Marchmont (Marchy) Schwartz, and Marty Brill pose in uniform.

Soldier Field

During the 1920’s and 1930’s, crowds of more than 100,000 watched the Irish at Soldier Field. In 1930, Notre Dame and Army met before 110,000 fans.

SMU ticket

On Oct. 4, Notre Dame played Southern Methodist in the first game at Notre Dame Stadium.

SMU program

The Irish opened the 1930 season with a 20-14 victory over SMU.

1930 SMU game

Captains and officials meet for the coin toss prior to the inaugural game at Notre Dame Stadium.

Navy program

Notre Dame Stadium was officially dedicated in the second home game, against Navy on Oct. 11.

ND - Navy aerial

An aerial photo from Notre Dame’s game against Navy.

Carnegie Tech rally

Pep rally crowd gathered in the fieldhouse prior to the game against Carnegie Tech.

1930 game scene

An image from the 1930 season. It is believed to be from the game at Pittsburgh.

championship rally

Notre Dame held a celebration rally in the fieldhouse following the 1930 championship season.