1946 Army-Notre Dame, Game of Century

By Ralph D. Russo

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Nov. 18 2010 11:46 a.m. MST

NEW YORK — Notre Dame and Army will play this Saturday in the first college football game at the new Yankee Stadium, but the matchup will harken back to a meeting that was called the Game of the Century.

The year was 1946 and World War II was finally over. Top-ranked Army had been the national champion the past two seasons but No. 2 Notre Dame was loaded with servicemen back from the war.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says the game symbolized the transition from wartime America to a nation at peace, where things like football mattered again.

Before a crowd of 75,000 at the original Yankee Stadium, the two teams clashed in a defensive struggle.

The final score? Army 0, Notre Dame 0.

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