This Day In History: Notre Dame's Second Game of the Century (1946 vs. Army)

On Nov. 9, 1946, #1 Army met #2 Notre Dame before a crowd of 76,000 at Yankee Stadium. When the teams played in the two previous seasons, the Black Knights shut out the Fighting Irish, 59-0 and 48-0. Both squads entered the game undefeated, with Army riding a 25-game winning streak. Though known for having high-powered offenses, the game turned into a defense battle and ended in a 0-0 tie. Following the draw, one newspaper headline even read, “Much Ado About Nothing-Nothing.” Still, the game lives on as one of the greatest ever played. Notre Dame and Army ended the season undefeated with one tie, but it was the Fighting Irish who were awarded the national championship by the Associated Press. In this ‘Strong and True’ moment, relive the classic game in this newsreel highlight video and through images from the University of Notre Dame Archives.

Clashmore Mike

Notre Dame mascot Clashmore Mike standing tall against the Army mule.

1946 Army game ticket

Ticket from the 1946 Notre Dame – Army game at Yankee Stadium.

1946 Army game program

Program cover from “Game of the Century” contest between Notre Dame and Army.

1946 Gompers run

Bill Gompers (’48) carries the ball for the Fighting Irish.

1946 Lujack tackle

Johnny Lujack (‘48) tackles Army’s Doc Blanchard (#35) to help save a touchdown.

1946 Gompers color photo

Bill Gompers (’48) breaks through the line and gets the ball down to the Army five yard line.