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Knute Rockne's last collegiate game...

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December 08, 1930

THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 8, 1930

* Notre Dame Fighting Irish ends the season undefeated
Last official collegiate game coached by Knute Rockne before his death
* Notre Dame to repeat as National Champions after this game

The sport's section (page 29) has a nice banner headline: "Victory Over Southern California Stamps Notre Dame as Best Eleven in Country" with subheads that include: "Notre Dame Eleven Proved Greatness" and more (see photos).

Coverage on the game with USC which was the last collegiate game Knute Rockne would be a part of prior to his fatal airplane crash. Not only was this Knute's Rockne's last collegiate game but it was the game that pushed Notre Dame over the top as National Champions for that year as well.

This issue contains other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 44 pages, it has minor spine wear, but is otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The 1930 college football season saw Notre Dame repeat as national champion under the Dickinson system, and a post-season Rose Bowl matchup between two unbeaten (9-0-0) teams, Washington State and Alabama, ranked #2 and #3, respectively. Alabama won the Pasadena contest, 24-0.

In Los Angeles, a crowd of 90,000 turned out at the Coliseum as Notre Dame (9-0-0) visited USC (8-1-0). While some predicted a Trojans win, or at least a close game, "Rockne's Ramblers" scored six minutes into the game and never looked back. Paul O'Connor, a third string player earlier in the season, had 11 carries for 142 yards, and one touchdown. The Irish closed their season with a decisive 27-0 victory and with another victory over a tough opponent, finished first in the Dickinson ratings. Nobody realized at the time that Knute Rockne had coached his final game. Rockne was killed in a plane crash on March 31, 1931. At Jacksonville, Tennessee defeated Florida 13-6.

Category: The 20th Century