November 20, 2010 — Sporting green jerseys, Notre Dame scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter and took a commanding 17-3 lead into the home locker room at Yankee Stadium.
The Fighting Irish, who lost their starting quarterback (Dayne Crist) and star tight end (Kyle Rudolph) earlier this season, got a veteran-like performance from true freshman quarterback Tommy Rees. Rees connected with sophomore tight end Tyler Eifert on a 35-yard pass that put Notre Dame on the one yard line, and a 31-yard touchdown pass.
Notre Dame cornerback Darrin Walls gave Notre Dame a 27-3 lead — which was the final score — on a 42-yard interception return for touchdown in the third quarter.
While the score was somewhat lopsided, Army played hard the entire game, and like the Notre Dame, they too should be proud of their place in history.
“We want to thank and commend Notre Dame and Army for their dedication and desire in bringing a historic night of football to Yankee Stadium,” said Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner. “We can’t think of two finer educational institutions to christen our new home with the great game of football.”
–Alfred Santasiere III