Oct 12, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT
The Monogram Club is proud to be celebrating its 100th anniversary and one of the few things in the history of Fighting Irish athletics that rivals the Club’s longevity is the Notre Dame-Navy football series.
It was a picture-perfect fall day on Saturday when Notre Dame and Navy met for the 89th consecutive year and the day’s perfection was completed when the Fighting Irish left the Notre Dame Stadium turf with a 41-24 win over the Midshipmen.
While the conditions outside were great, the Monogram Club was thrilled so many members decided to come indoors for its pre-game reception in the Monogram Room, which also was packed for that night’s post-game Mass.
Notre Dame softball head coach Deanna Gumpf, an honorary Monogram recipient, addressed Club members during the pre-game reception.
Fighting Irish legend Johnny Lujack, the 1947 Heisman Trophy winner and a Navy veteran, was back on campus and took part in the pre-game coin flip. Lujack, who earned Monograms in four different sports (football, basketball, baseball, track), wasn’t Notre Dame’s only former Heisman Trophy winner at Saturday’s game as Paul Hornung, the 1956 winner, also was in attendance.
All 80,795 spectators inside Notre Dame Stadium, along with fans in the surrounding area, were treated to a pre-game flyover by four U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets.
Presenting the national colors were U.S. Navy Capt. Sunita Williams and retired Air Force Col. Kevin Ford. Captain Williams is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Colonel Ford earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Both are veteran U.S. astronauts who served together aboard the International Space Station in the fall of 2012.
The Notre Dame-Navy rivalry is one built on respect and that was showcased throughout the game by what the players and coaches from both programs were wearing thanks to Under Armour.
Speaking of Under Armour, the company that outfits both squads presented its top-five games from the Notre Dame-Navy series.
On the field, senior C.J. Prosise became the first Fighting Irish running back with multiple games in a season with three rushing touchdowns since current Monogram Club staff member Reggie Brooks in 1992. Prosise, Brooks and Frank Lonergan (in 1902) are the only running backs to have two three-rushing touchdown games for the Irish in the same season.
There was a Q&A with new Monogram Club president Kevin O’Connor (’89, lacrosse) in Saturday’s gameday program. CLICK HERE TO READ
On Friday it was announced that Pat Eilers (’90, football), a former Monogram Club board member, and his wife, Jana, made a $3 million gift to endow the football team’s defensive backs coaching position. READ MORE HERE
It was a successful weekend on campus for several other Fighting Irish programs. The women’s soccer team produced home victories over ACC foes Syracuse (1-0) and Boston College (2-0), while the men’s soccer program notched a 3-2 overtime win over Duke. The hockey squad opened exhibition play with a 7-5 win over Guelph, while both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began the season with victories at the Dennis Stark Relays.
We hope Club members had some memorable moments on campus this weekend, and we invite you to share all of your fondest Monogram Memories HERE.
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