FORMER SUBWAY ALUMNI LEADER REFLECTS ON HIS "NOTRE DAME ODYSSEY"


Herb Juliano
(1922-1998)

Herb's Archive will feature Paul Hornung's news release, published by Charles Callahan, ND's Sports Information Director at the time.

Halftime at the game. Notice the Notre Dame players in the foreground with the blankets.

Halftime at the game. Notice the Notre Dame players in the foreground with the blankets.

 

Here is the text of the New York Times article on the game. It was found in Herb's archives in a file marked "The Passing Game."

"West Point, Nov.1 -  The Notre Dame eleven swept the Army off its feet on the plains this afternoon and buried the soldiers under a 35-13 score. The Westerners flashed the most sensational football that has been seen in the East this year, baffling the Cadets with a style of open play and a perfectly developed forward pass which carried the victors down the field thirty yards at a clip. The Eastern gridiron has not seen such a master of the forward pass as Charley Dorais, the Notre Dame quarterback. A frail youth of 145 pounds, as agile as cat and restless as a jumping jack, Dorais shot forward passes with accuracy into the outstretched arms of his ends, Capt. Rockne and Gushurst, as they stood poised for the ball often as far as 35 yards away.

"The yellow leather egg was in the air half the time, with the Notre Dame team spread oout in all directions over the field waiting for it. The Army players were hopelessly confused and chagrined before Notre Dame's great playing and their old-fashioned close line-smashing play was no match for the spectacular and highly perfected attack of the Indiana collegians. All five of Notre Dame's touchdowns came as the result of forward passes. [Editors Note: This is inaccurate. Notre Dame scored two touchdowns with passes and three on the ground] They sprang the play on the Army seventeen times and missed only four. In all, they gained 243 yards with the forward pass alone.

"Football men marveled at this startling display of open football. Bill Roper, former head coach at Princeton, who was one of the officials of the game, said that he had always believed that such play was possible under the rules, but that he had never seen the forward pass developed to such a state of perfection."

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