In 1943, Frank Leahy coached the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to a national title. He then departed for the South Pacific to serve two years with the Navy. In 1946, he returned to South Bend and coached a group of players who were letterman turned soldiers with eligibility left. The Fighting Irish were hungry to play Army, who had beaten Notre Dame 59-0 and 48-0 in 1944 and 1945. Going into the ’46 Notre Dame- Army game, the Cadets were 7-0 and the Fighting Irish were 5-0. They met at Yankee Stadium on November 9. Army, ranked number 1 in the nation, came into the contest averaging 30 points per game, while the Irish, ranked number 2, were averaging 35. They played to a scoreless tie, and Army’s 25-game win streak was over, and the Associated Press gave Notre Dame the National Championship.