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When the Badgers' Player-Coach Kitteringham read the story, he commented: "That's good! The more the merrier."
Later in the week betting odds favored the AAC 5 to 4. Wagering was heavy and Kitteringham made sure the odds favored his opponents when he checked into a hospital on Friday with a "stomach ailment."
"We still have enough men from last Sunday," Kitteringham stated from his hospital bed. "We do not need any other substitutions to fall back on."
When Sunday arrived, however, the Badgers had fallen back all the way to South Bend, Ind., and their lineup included a young man named Baker who bore a startling resemblance to George Gipp. Kitteringham, who made a remarkable recovery from his illness, was on the sidelines as his new left halfback ran like a demon, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass and drop-kicked a 35-yard field goal to win for the Irish 17-9. The right halfback—man by the name of Smith—scored two touchdowns. There were those who thought he looked a lot like Arthur (Dutch) Bergman, who is now the general manager of the Washington, D.C. Stadium. Bergman is one of the few Notre Dame players from that game who is still living. Another is Joe Brandy, the quarterback.
"It was a tough game," recalls Bergman. "As a matter of fact, I broke my leg. But I walked on it until I got back to school Monday. The coach [Knute Rockne] took one look at the swelling and told me to go soak it in a bucket of hot water. Later I talked him into letting me get it X-rayed. Sure enough, it was broken—the tibia, just below the knee.
"Rockne wanted to know how I hurt it. He didn't remember any injury from Saturday's game [when the Irish had battered Purdue 33-13]. I told him I had been hurt against Purdue but didn't realize it at the time. I guess he believed me because he later helped me get my first coaching job [at New Mexico A&M]."
Brandy recalls how the players were paid.
"Madigan made the arrangement with the Rockford coach [Kitteringham]," he said. "When they offered us $100 apiece, we said, 'Only if you'll wager it on us to win.' Well, when we got there the first thing we did was check on the wager. The money was down, and when we won we each collected $200. It was the most money I'd ever had in my life. We never considered losing and going home broke.
"Nobody ever reported us, either. I think Rockne may have found out, but he turned his head the other way. He didn't want to lose Gipp for his senior year, and he'd have lost me, too."
Bergman added: "It was the only game I played under an assumed name, and I think it was the only time for Gipp. I'm not so sure Rockne didn't know about it later. I do know Rockne used to play with the Fort Wayne Friars, under an assumed name, when he was a coach."