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Nov. 9, 2019

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Page 12 of 55 NOV. 9, 2019 13 DID YOU KNOW? Your home address will be automatically changed to the mailing address on file with the US Postal Service. ALL addresses are cross-referenced with the USPS National Change of Address database. It can take up to 7 days for the USPS to update your address in their database. To prevent missed issues, please notify the US Postal Service ASAP. Your postal forwarding order expires in 60 days or less. Most forwarding requests expire in 60 days and DO NOT always include periodical mail. Issues are discarded at their discretion. You should call your local post office to verify your delivery address. Don't assume the post office knows your vacation or moving schedule. AVOID COSTLY DELAYS & REPLACEMENTS! Blue & Gold Illustrated Customer Service: 1–800–421–7751 We are happy to assist, but due to privacy laws ALL postal address changes must be COMPLETED BY YOU. UNDER THE DOME 100 Years Ago: Nov. 8, 1919 Overcoming an early 9-0 deficit at West Point versus Army, Notre Dame rallies to a 12-9 victory with the passing of left halfback George Gipp leading the charge. It was the debut of the forward pass against Army in 1913 that put Notre Dame on the football map nationally, and the 1919 victory, per Notre Dame's student magazine Scholastic was, "the greatest game that has been played on the 'Plains' in years — demonstrating again that the Gold and Blue never quits, whatever the odds." In addition to the legendary Gipp, the game featured two All-American ends on both sides who would become future prominent head coaches. Army's Earl "Red" Blaik would coach his alma mater from 1941-58, finishing among the top seven in the Associated Press poll seven times, highlighted by consecutive national titles in 1944-45. Notre Dame's sophomore end Eddie Anderson — who snared crucial passes on both two touchdown drives — would be a college head coach 40 years from 1925-64, with his 1939 and 1940 Iowa teams both defeating the Fighting Irish. 75 Years Ago: Nov. 11, 1944 After having failed to defeat Notre Dame 13 straight years from 1931-43 (0-11-2) — and not even scoring on them in the last five from 1939-43 — No. 1 Army administers a 59-0 defeat on the No. 5 Fighting Irish in Yankee Stadium. It remains to this day the largest margin of defeat in school history. While Blaik's juggernaut stockpiled supreme talent during the World War II years, Notre Dame lost the vast majority of its 1943 national championship lineup either to graduation or military operations overseas, including head coach Frank Leahy. The skeletal lineup for the Irish under interim coach Ed McKeever proves no match for the Cadets, who would go on to win the 1944 and 1945 national titles led by Heisman Trophy-winning backs Felix "Doc" Blanchard and Glenn Davis. "If there was anyone to blame for the size of the margin, it was Notre Dame, which fired our desire to win with its long humiliation of Army teams," Blanchard told a reporter afterward. 55 Years Ago: Nov. 7, 1964 Ranked No. 1 for the first time in 10 years under dynamic new head coach Ara Parseghian, 6-0 Notre Dame's "Resurrection" season after finishing 2-7 a year earlier nearly suffers a letdown before prevailing with a 17-15 victory at 2-3-2 Pitt. After building a 14-0 lead in the first half, highlighted by a 91-yard touchdown pass from John Huarte to Nick Eddy, Notre Dame's injury-ridden defense begins to crack. Parseghian had been 6-0 twice before at North- western in 1959 and 1962, reaching No. 2 and No. 1 before losing in the seventh game. History seemed to be on the cusp of repeating when Pitt cut the lead to 17-15 in the fourth quarter, and then drove to fourth- and-inches to the Irish 17-yard line late in the game. However, Panthers head coach John Michelson es- chews the field goal attempt and sends Fred Mazurek into the line — where tackle Tom Regner and line- backer Jim Carroll stop him short of the first down to help preserve the win. 30 Years Ago: Nov. 11, 1989 Notre Dame wins a school-record 22nd consecutive game (see more on pages 52-53) with a 59-6 win over SMU, which is playing football for the first time since 1986 after receiving the NCAA "Death Penalty" in 1987 for repeated violations. A 35-point second quarter is highlighted by a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown by Ricky Watters, but the talk of the game is with the Irish up 53 points late in the contest, freshman tailback Rusty Setzer, who has a clear path to the end zone, voluntarily steps out of bounds at the SMU 7-yard line after a 22-yard run. "Coach [Lou] Holtz told us that we could run up and down the field, but he didn't want us to score," Setzer said after the game. "He told me he was proud of me for doing what I did." "To me, Notre Dame could be investigated for point-shaving," said Houston head coach Jack Pardee, whose team showed no such mercy in a 95-21 defeat of SMU. — Lou Somogyi Anniversaries In Notre Dame Football History: Nov. 7-13 The 1964 "Resurrection" campaign under first-year head coach Ara Parseghian, shown with Irish mascot Clashmore Mike, nearly was derailed at Pitt. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS MOVING? LET US KNOW!

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