Thursday, December 12, 2013

College football history 101: Army-Navy 50 years ago

1963: The Army-Navy game, scheduled for Dec. 7, was originally cancelled because of the assassination of President Kennedy, but JFK's widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, made a special request for the game to be played. Fullback Pat Donnelly scored three touchdowns to lead the 9-1 Midshipmen to a 21-15 victory. Army's Rollie Stichwech's fourth-quarter TD was shown by CBS as what is believed to be the first-ever instant replay. The Cadets were driving for a go-head TD, but time ran out on them at the Navy 2. The game was played in front of 100,000 as Navy and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach were invited to the Cotton Bowl for a showdown with No. 1-ranked Texas.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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