— NEW YORK - The bright lights of Yankee Stadium didn't distract Notre Dame Saturday night as the Irish dominated Army in the schools' 50th meeting, 27-3. The win moves the Irish to 6-5, making them bowl eligible.
Just a few weeks after Navy exploded against Notre Dame without an option attack, the Irish showed they learned from their mistakes in stopping Army's similar offense.
The Irish got off to a shaky start, as freshman quarterback Tommy Rees was picked off in the end zone on the game's first drive. Army had the Irish reeling on the Black Knights' first drive, but the Irish clamped down and held their opponents to a field goal. It was the last time Army would put points on the board.
Rees, who tweeted on Friday that he got to use Derek Jeter's locker, threw for 214 yards in his second career start and the Fighting Irish, dressed in kelly green jerseys, became bowl eligible with a second consecutive strong defensive performance.
Combined with last week's 28-3 victory against Utah, it's the first time the Irish have held two straight opponents without a touchdown since their 1988 national championship season, when they did it to Rice and Penn State.