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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Army has no answer for forward pass
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Nov. 1, 1913

In the start of one of the outstanding rivalries of the first half of the century, Notre Dame unveils a weapon not known to many Eastern football teams -- the forward pass. Gus Dorais, a frail-looking 145-pounder, baffles Army with his pinpoint passing.

As agile as a cat and as restless as a jumping jack, the All-American quarterback gains an unheard of 243 yards through the air, completing 14-of-17 passes against a confused Army team in Notre Dame's shocking 35-13 victory at West Point. The main target in the Irish aerial circus is end Knute Rockne, who catches the first of Dorais' two touchdown passes.

Bill Roper, former coach at Princeton who is one of the game's officials, says he had always believed that such playing was possible under the rules, but that he had never seen the forward pass developed to such a state of perfection.

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