Notre Dame marching band re-enacts Dorais to Rockne pass from 1913

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SHARE Notre Dame marching band re-enacts Dorais to Rockne pass from 1913

A unique pass play took place during halftime of Saturday’s Notre Dame-BYU game.

The Notre Dame Marching Band paid tribute to the Irish’s success in passing during a Nov. 1, 1913 game against Army by re-enacting a completion from Charley “Gus” Dorais to Knute Rockne.

According to UND.com, Dorais and Rockne “practiced the forward pass while working as lifeguards on the beach in Ohio” during the summer of 1913.

Dorais completed 14 of 17 passes for 243 yards to lead Notre Dame to a 35-13 victory against Army in the first meeting between the teams at West Point, N.Y.

The New York Times account of the game described the phenomenon.

“The Westerners flashed the most sensational football that has been seen in the East this year,” Harry Cross wrote, “baffling the Cadets with a style of open play and a perfectly developed forward pass which carried the victors down the field 30 yards at a clip.”

Here’s a video of the band’s performance.

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