This Day in History: The Forward Pass

Strong and True: 125 Years of Notre Dame Football | Nov. 1, 2013 | Notre Dame Athletics and Notre Dame Archives

Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais

During the summer of 1913, Charley ‘Gus’ Dorais (‘14) and Knute Rockne (’14) practiced the forward pass while working as lifeguards on a beach in Ohio. On Nov. 1, Notre Dame met Army for the first time in West Point, N.Y. Led by head coach Jesse Harper, the Irish debuted the pass – an offensive scheme that surprised the Cadets and shocked the sporting world. It helped counteract Army’s size advantage, and Dorais completed 14 of 17 attempts for 243 yards, as the blue & gold cruised to a 35-13 win. In this ‘Strong and True’ moment featuring images from the University of Notre Dame Archives, look back on the pass that revolutionized the game, and the victory that put Notre Dame football on the national map.

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