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“Coach Leahy asked me why did I throw it to him and I said ‘Because he was the only one open,’” Lujack said, pulling out a laugh line he’s used more times than he can count.

But it wasn’t necessarily a bad day for Lujack. From his defensive position, he made maybe the most famous tackle in Notre Dame history in the second half when he cut out Blanchard’s legs near the sideline at the Irish 36. Lujack was the last line of defense between Blanchard and the end zone.

Army continued to drive after Lujack’s TD-saving tackle, but Brennan intercepted Davis’ halfback pass deep in Irish territory, ending the last scoring threat for either team.

“There’s no satisfaction in a 0-0 game,” Tucker said.

Both teams finished the season unbeaten, and neither played in bowls back then. Notre Dame was voted No. 1 in the final AP poll and Army finished second.

“When we used to battle Army,” said Brennan, “they tried to beat the hell out of us and we’d try to do the same, but when the game was over there was great respect between the two schools.”

Blaik called off the series with Notre Dame later that year, but they played once more in ‘47 at Notre Dame. The Irish won 27-7.

In 1957, the schools played again and they have met on and off ever since, with the Irish winning 14 of 15. The last Army victory was in 1958, when Pete Dawkins won the Heisman for Army.

Lujack and Dawkins will be honorary captains at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

The Notre Dame (5-5) and Army (6-4) programs that will square off are far from the powerhouses of the past. The Irish need a victory to become bowl eligible. The Cadets are having their best season in 14 years.

But for many, when the Irish and Black Knights play, it conjures up memories of a time when nothing _ in sports or otherwise _ was bigger.