Turn Back the Clock: Nov. 7, 1953

A Comeback Falls Short against Notre Dame, 28-20
November 7, 1953

You don’t hear about the Quakers playing Notre Dame much these days ... or at all.

In 1953, however, Penn football was still big time, and they came very close to taking down the Fighting Irish.

But it was also a fighting effort for the Red and Blue.

That year, Penn played teams such as Michigan, Army and Ohio State, which included wins against Penn State, Navy and Vanderbilt.

As part of this extremely tough schedule, the Quakers scheduled No. 1 Notre Dame at Franklin Field.

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Turn Back the Clock: Oct. 3, 1953

Penn Football defeats Penn State, 13-7
October 3, 1953

It was the second game of the season. The Quakers were coming off a season-opening victory over Vanderbilt.

Among those the Quakers took on in the game was Penn State sophomore Lenny “Sputnik” Moore, who was NFL Rookie of the Year after joining the Baltimore Colts in 1956.

In what would ultimately be the final time the Red and Blue would take down Penn State in football, the Quakers defeated the Nittany Lions, 13-7, under coach George Munger. Continue reading