Associated Press | Oct. 26, 2013 | Wall Street Journal
The birth of Notre Dame as a football powerhouse and the possibility of the pass as an offensive weapon came together on a cold, raw day in West Point a century ago before a crowd of 5,000 mostly Army fans.
The start of World War I was months away and commercial radio broadcasts were still several years away when the team from South Bend boarded a train for what would become a momentous game. Like much in Notre Dame's past, the game played Nov. 1, 1913, has become a mix of history and myth, helped by the movie "Knute Rockne All-American." Starring Ronald Reagan, the movie made it appear as though Rockne and Notre Dame quarterback Gus Dorais invented the forward pass.