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If you drove by Yankee Stadium this past Saturday, November 20th, it may have looked as if it were still baseball season.  The parking lot was so packed you would have thought the Subway Series was going on. Turns out, there was a huge college football game in the stadium that evening. The home of the Yankees played host to a battle between Fighting Irish and Black Knights and Notre Dame took on Army.  It was the first college football game played at Yankee Stadium since 1987 (then the original Yankee Stadium). 

As a sellout crowd of 54,251 entered the stadium, they were greeted with an unusual sight.  The dirt infield was removed ??? replaced with 100 yards of collegiate gridiron. It was hard to imagine Yankee Stadium as the home of the 27 time World Champion Yankees.  The dugouts were hidden and goal posts towered above the field.

The Fighting Irish wore their alternative green jerseys in honor of the late Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy, who used to coach the Fighting Irish and were legends during their respective careers.  The green jerseys were once used to instill fear in the opposing team, according to Rockne and Leahy.  Apparently that theory was proven true on Saturday when Notre Dame crushed the Black Nights, and Army was destroyed 27-3. 

Key players for both Army and Notre Dame this past weekend include:

  • Cierre Wood who had 95 rushing yards
  • Robert Hughes who had 40 rushing yards
  • Trent Steelman, who lead the team with 37 rushing yards
  • Patrick Mealy who picked up 31 rushing yards
The upcoming schedule for Notre Dame finds them matched up with USC on November 27th. Army will be playing against Navy on December 11th.

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