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The Associated Press | September 19, 2015

Notre Dame football: 40th anniversary of Rudy's game against Georgia Tech

This year is the 40th anniversary of the game where Notre Dame walk-on Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger got in against Georgia Tech, inspiring the 1993 film "Rudy." The opponent on Saturday in South Bend? Why, it's Georgia Tech!

Notre Dame wasn't expected to mark the scene on Saturday against the Yellow Jackets, but that won't stop a trip down memory lane.

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Most Fighting Irish fans know the story well: Ruettiger, from Joliet, Ill., applied to Notre Dame but needed to do work at Holy Cross College first, and was accepted in 1974. He loved the team but was just 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds. Coach Ara Parseghian encouraged walk-ons, and Ruettiger earned a spot on the scout team.

When coach Dan Devine took over, Ruettiger's last chance to play in a game came on Nov. 8, 1975. Devine cleared him to dress for the game and he ended up playing on three plays. The final play of Ruettiger's senior season is remembered most: He recorded a sack against the Yellow Jackets to cap a 24-3 victory. He ended up being carried off the field by his teammates, some of whom remember the game well:

A former Notre Dame walk-on, linebacker Joe Schmidt, said he watched the film in the past two or three weeks, calling it a "great movie" and adding it has "one of the greatest soundtracks of all time."

Another current player, Georgia Tech defensive lineman Adam Gotsis, isn't as big a fan.

"I watched half of it. I feel asleep during it," he said.

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