Granted, those Army teams are better than this one. However, you have to think our Black Knights wil get up for Notre Dame. You have to think they want to make up for the Air Force game.
How's this for inspiration.
The date: Oct. 15, 1995.
The spread: Notre Dame by 23 points.
The game: Talk about a gutsy call. The Black Knights trailed by a point with 39 seconds left when Army coach Bob Sutton elected to go for a two-point conversion.
Army quarterback Ronnie McAda rolled out right and hit tight end Ron Leshinski in stride. Enter Notre Dame cornerback Ivory Covington. Covington - giving up five inches and 80 pounds - hit Leshinski as he caught the ball - and stopped him a foot from the end zone.
No. 17 Notre Dame held on for a 28-27 win at the Meadowlands.
The date: Oct. 24, 1998.
The spread: Notre Dame by 25 points.
The game: Notre Dame kicker Jim Sanson missed two field goals, however, he split the uprights when it counted.
His career-best 48-yard field goal with 1:06 left gave the Fighting Irish a 20-17 win in South Bend. Sanson, who earlier missed a 48-yard attempt into the wind, had just enough leg to get the low, wobbly kick through the uprights. Johnny Sanders intercepted a pass by Army quarterback Johnny Goff in the closing seconds to secure the win.
The Black Knights tied the game 17-17 on a 19-yard run by Craig Stucker five minutes into the fourth quarter. Army held Notre Dame to 123 rushing yards – 107 below its per game average.
Army-Notre Dame extra points: Army leads the all-time series 36-8-4. The Black Knights have lost 12 in a row to Notre Dame, its last win coming in 1958 ... Army and Notre Dame haven't played since 1998 ... The two schools are in discussions about future games. With a win earlier this season over Navy, and games with Army and Air Force, Notre Dame can stake its claim to the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.