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Army-Notre Dame Rivalry Renews In 2010 As First Football Game At the New Yankee Stadium

Courtesy: Army Athletic Communications
July 20, 2009

CFP Note: Army has lost 13 straight to Notre Dame. The last Army victory came in 1958 at South Bend, 14-2.
Also See: Army Adds Three More "Home" Games At Yankee Stadium

BRONX, N.Y. – Army and Notre Dame – two staples of the national sports scene when they met 21 times between 1925 and 1946 at the original Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees – will renew that historic collegiate rivalry for the 50th time on Nov. 20, 2010, when the Black Knights and Fighting Irish battle in the first football game to be played at the new Yankee Stadium.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon at a Yankee Stadium press conference hosted by New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner, New York Yankees President Randy Levine and New York Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost. Army head football coach Rich Ellerson and Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis also participated in the historical press gathering.

"The Yankees are proud to host two of the nation’s premier college football programs, and excited to bring college football to Yankee Stadium," said Steinbrenner. "We look forward to carrying the great tradition of the Notre Dame-Army game from the original Stadium into our new home."

"We could not be more excited about bringing ‘big-time’ college football back to Yankee Stadium," said Army Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson. "I’d like to thank the Steinbrenner family and the entire New York Yankees organization for giving us the opportunity to play the first college football game at the new Yankee Stadium. I think it’s very fitting that one of the most historically significant rivalries in the history of college football ushers the sport back to Yankee Stadium. At one time, the Army-Notre Dame game at Yankee Stadium was one of the most anticipated matchups in every college football season. We think this event will create the same type of excitement in college football circles."

While Notre Dame and Army have met on 49 previous occasions, the "golden era" of the rivalry came in the mid-1940s. Over four straight seasons from 1943 through 1946, both Notre Dame and Army entered their Yankee Stadium matchup ranked fifth or higher nationally in that week’s Associated Press poll. The Irish headed into the 1943 contest game ranked number one, then Army brought the top ranking into the contest in 1944, 1945 and 1946. Top-ranked Notre Dame defeated No. 3 Army 26-0 in 1943. Top-rated Army vanquished No. 5 Notre Dame, 59-0, in 1944, then hammered the second-ranked Irish once again in 1945, dealing Notre Dame a 48-0 shutout loss.

One year later, the teams collided in what would become one of the most chronicled games in college football history. Top-ranked Army and No. 2 Notre Dame played to a gut-wrenching 0-0 tie in 1946, a game made legendary by John Lujack’s celebrated game-saving tackle of Army star running back Felix "Doc" Blanchard late in the contest.

From 1943 through 1947, the Cadets and Irish captured successive national titles with Notre Dame claiming consensus national titles in 1943, 1947 and 1949, and Army winning outright crowns in 1944 and 1945. The teams shared the national championship in 1946 as Notre Dame was named national champion in five polls that year (including Associated Press) and Army in two. The teams were listed as "co-champions" in two others.

The decade of the 1940s also saw the teams combine to produce five Heisman Trophy winners led by Army’s Blanchard and Glenn Davis winning in successive years (1945 and 1946, respectively). Angelo Bertelli (1943), Lujack (1947) and Leon Hart (1949) claimed the award during that span for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Army 37-8-4 – including a 14-5-3 record at the original Yankee Stadium. Previous Yankee Stadium games between the Irish and Black Knights took place from 1925 to 1929, 1931 to 1946, and in 1969 (the 100th anniversary of college football).

The teams first met in a historic 35-13 Irish victory in 1913 at West Point. That game was credited for popularizing the use of the forward pass. Other series highlights have included Notre Dame’s 1924 victory that prompted Grantland Rice to write about the "Four Horsemen;" and the famous "Win One of the Gipper" speech delivered by Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne in the Fighting Irish’s 1928 triumph. That game was scoreless at halftime, when Rockne gave his now-famous speech in the locker room. Notre Dame went on to win 12-6.

Notre Dame holds an 8-1 edge in meetings at Notre Dame Stadium, the most recent in 2006. The Notre Dame-Army rivalry has also featured one game each at Ebbetts Field (a 13-0 Notre Dame win in 1923), the Polo Grounds (a 13-7 Irish victory in 1924), Soldier Field in Chicago (a 7-6 Notre Dame win in 1930), John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia (a 23-21 Notre Dame win in 1957), and Shea Stadium in New York (a 17-0 Notre Dame win in1965); and three at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., all of which resulted in Notre Dame wins (24-0 in 1977; 42-0 in 1983; and 28-27 in1995).

In all, Army played 38 games at the original Yankee Stadium, posting a 14-19-5 overall mark at the "House That Ruth Built." In addition to squaring off against Notre Dame at the original Yankee Stadium on 22 occasions, Army stood 2-0 against both Michigan and Navy; 1-0-1 versus Illinois; 1-1 against Stanford and Syracuse; 1-0 versus Columbia and Princeton; 0-0-1 opposite Air Force; and 0-1 against Southern California, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh.

The 2010 Army-Notre Dame matchup will mark the first college football game at the home of the Yankees since Grambling hosted Central State in the Whitney M. Young Urban Classic on September 12, 1987, at the original Yankee Stadium. The Stadium also hosted college football games for Fordham and NYU from 1923-48. As one of the world’s most prestigious addresses, the original Yankee Stadium was also the home for scores of other sports, entertainment and cultural events, including boxing, professional football, soccer, political assemblies, three Papal masses, religious conventions, concerts, NYU commencement and the circus.

The contest will be the second of a series of "off-site" home football games for Notre Dame in which the Irish are taking games that could be played at Notre Dame Stadium and moving them to venues around the country. The first of those will take place Oct. 31, 2009, when Notre Dame and Washington State meet at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Notre Dame and Arizona State are slated to meet in 2013 at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas.

NBC Sports is expected to televise the Army-Notre Dame game on a national basis in prime time.

The Yankees will have an announcement in the future regarding ticket availability for the general public. Notre Dame expects to make tickets available to its contributing alumni and fans through its alumni lottery as it does with all other football games. Army will receive an allotment of tickets as the visiting team.

A game-by-game listing of the Army-Notre Dame games played at the original Yankee Stadium follows (national rankings are based on Associated Press poll the week of each game):

Army-Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium Series Scores

Date Result Score Attendance
Oct. 17, 1925 W Army 27, Notre Dame 0 65,000
Nov. 13, 1926 L Notre Dame 7, Army 0 63,029
Nov. 12, 1927 W Army 18, Notre Dame 0 65,678
Nov. 10, 1928 L Notre Dame 12, Army 6 78,188
Nov. 30, 1929 L Notre Dame 7, Army 0 79,408
Nov. 28, 1931 W Army 12, Notre Dame 0 78,559
Nov. 26, 1932 L Notre Dame 21, Army 0 78,115
Dec. 2, 1933 L Notre Dame 13, Army 12  73,594
Nov. 24, 1934 L Notre Dame 12, Army 6 78,757
Nov. 16, 1935 T Notre Dame 6, Army 6 78,114
Nov. 14, 1936 L Notre Dame 20, Army 6 74,423
Nov. 13, 1937 L #18 Notre Dame 7, Army 0  76,359
Oct. 29, 1938 L #7 Notre Dame 19, Army 7 76,338
Nov. 4, 1939 L #4 Notre Dame 14, Army 0 75,632
Nov. 2, 1940 L #2 Notre Dame 7, Army 0 75,474
Nov. 1, 1941 T #6 Notre Dame 0, #14 Army 0  75,226
Nov. 7, 1942 L #4 Notre Dame 13, #19 Army 0  74,946
Nov. 6, 1943 L #1 Notre Dame 26, #3 Army 0 75,121
Nov. 11, 1944 W #1 Army 59, #5 Notre Dame 0 75,142
Nov. 10, 1945 W #1 Army 48, #2 Notre Dame 0 74,621
Nov. 9, 1946 T #1 Army 0, #2 Notre Dame 0 74,121
Oct. 11, 1969 L #15 Notre Dame 45, Army 0 63,786
Totals   Notre Dame leads 14-5-3