1956 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team
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.
Date Opponent Rank Site Result Attendance
September 22 at SMU No. 3 L 13–19 61,000
October 6 Indiana No. 17 W 20–6 58,372
October 13 Purdue No. 18 Notre Dame Stadium South Bend, IN ( rivalry) L 14–28 58,778
October 20 No. 2 Michigan State L 14–47 59,378
October 27 No. 2 Oklahoma Notre Dame Stadium South Bend, IN L 0–40 60,128
November 3 at Navy L 7–33 57,773
November 10 at No. 20 Pittsburgh L 13–26 58,697
November 17 North Carolina Notre Dame Stadium South Bend, IN W 21–14 56,793
November 24 at No. 3 Iowa L 8–48 56,632
December 1 at No. 17 USC L 20–28 64,538 Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game Awards and honors
Paul Hornung, Heisman Trophy
 Team players drafted into the NFL
The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.
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