October 10, 1942 - The "T" Formation

By Olson

This game just may have been an early turning point in Frank Leahy's coaching career at Notre Dame.

Leahy (in his second year as Irish coach) had junked Rockne's famed ND Box formation at the beginning of the 1942 season for the new fangled "T' formation. Leahy had also moved starting 1941 Left HB Angelo Bertelli to QB and starting '41 QB Harry Wright to guard for the 1942 season.

The early results were a disaster heading into this, the 3rd game of the season.

The Irish had started 0-1-1 (tying Wisconsin in the season's first contest on the road and then being upset by Georgia Tech in the home opener).

The Irish fans were up in arms and the press was having a field day. There were calls for the return of the beloved Rockne shifting backfield.

Both of the Head Coaches in this contest were Notre Dame alums and former Irish teammates. Former ND AA HB Marchy Schwartz was the Indians head coach.

This was the day that all talk of the Rockne Box was put to rest. Leahy's 'T' formation offense finally got untracked in this game. Bertelli completed 14 of 20 passes for 233 yds and an ND record 4 tds. At one point Angelo completed 9 straight passes in the game.

FINAL Notre Dame Fighting Irish 27 Stanford Indians 0

Keywords: football, stanford, frank leahy, knute rockne, angelo bertelli, harry wright, wisconsin, georgia tech, marchy schwartz

Posted On: 2013-11-28 00:15:03 by Olson


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   Posted By: Charl at 2017-05-08 14:02:38[#1]
This arctile is a home run, pure and simple!
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