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"Know what his mother did? She pulled out her beads and started saying the Rosary. Me, I held onto the rail so tight I must have dented the bar."
Aubrey Lewis, Notre Dame's first-string halfback, had been left behind at South Bend with an injured ankle. He showed up in the locker room Saturday morning with a big grin on his face. "Hi, coach," he said to flabbergasted Terry Brennan. "Mind if I suit up?" He had paid his own fare. "I got to thinking about the game," he explained. "I just couldn't miss it and I wanted to suit up. I had to put on someone else's jersey; they didn't even bring mine."
He was all smiles in the jubilant Irish dressing room after the game, just as thrilled with the victory as if he had taken a personal part in it.
"Oh, you should have seen Brennan when Monty kicked that ball," cried Lewis. "He took that hat of his and tried to pull it over his ears. Then comes the big grin. The big, big grin and when you see that guy smile like that you know you won the game.
The team physician, Dr. George Green, was, if anything, more thrilled with the Irish victory than the players.
Dr. Green went over to maul young Nick Pietrosante, the Notre Dame fullback. The sportswriters covering the game had just voted Nick the Grantland Rice award as the game's most valuable player for scoring two touchdowns. His second, a 65-yard run, provided the lift that put the Irish back in the ball game when Army led 21-7 and seemed to have them in a hopeless hole.
"The first 50 yards, I felt good," Pietrosante said, grinning. "Then, all of a sudden, I was out of gas and looking for the end zone. Was I glad to get home!"
Mechanically, resolutely and a bit tiredly, Blaik made his terse comment:
"If you don't have the depth," he sighed, "you don't have the depth."