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.
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