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On Saturday, November 5th, the Irish defeated Army 28-0, playing at Army. Three days later, on Tuesday, the Irish defeated Rutgers 48-0, in the Polo Grounds (home of the New York Baseball Giants). Four days later, after traveling by train back to South Bend, the Irish defeated the Haskell Indians, 42-7 at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Irish finished the ’21 season with a record of 10-1, losing only to Iowa, 10-7. It was ironic that the Hawkeyes pinned the loss on Notre Dame. This was the only loss for Notre Dame from 1919 through 1921. Notre Dame’s All American End and Captain Eddie Anderson was born in Iowa. After a short NFL career, he later became a highly regarded physician. He is also in the College Football Hall of Fame as a Coach. His longest stint was at Holy Cross, but he also coached the Hawkeyes for eight seasons, including their remarkable turn-around season of 1939. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick, the Hawkee “Ironmen” won the Big Ten with a 6-1-1 record, after the team was 2-13-1 the prior two seasons.