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100 Years Ago Today: Notre Dame Defeats Army

Nov 1, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

Nov. 1, 1913. Jesse Harper and his team traveled to West Point for a meeting with mighty Army. The Cadets had already established themselves as a football power, but few in the east knew much about the squad from Indiana.

On that afternoon however, Harper’s eleven, led by Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne, put Notre Dame football on the map and revolutionized the sport forever. Using the forward pass, Dorais helped lead the Irish to a 35-13 win over the Cadets.

The rest, as they say, is history.

On the eve of Notre Dame’s 87th matchup with Navy, Fighting Irish Digital Media has a look back at the historic win over another service academy. You can also head over to for more about the game, where it was featured during last season’s 125 celebration.

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