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Navy Midshipmen football
2014 Navy Midshipmen football team
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png
First season 1879
Athletic director Chet Gladchuk
Head coach Ken Niumatalolo
6th year, 48–30  (.615)
Home stadium Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 34,000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Annapolis, Maryland
Conference Independent
All-time record 668–539–57 (.551)
Postseason bowl record 8–10–1 (.447)
Claimed national titles 1 (1926)
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 23
Current uniform
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Colors

Navy Blue and Gold

          
Fight song Anchors Aweigh
Mascot Bill the Goat
Marching band United States Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps
Rivals Army Black Knights
Air Force Falcons
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Maryland Terrapins
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Website NavySports.com

The Navy Midshipmen football team represents the United States Naval Academy in NCAA Division I-A college football. The Naval Academy is currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent school (not in a conference), but will become a member of the American Athletic Conference beginning with the 2015 season.[1] The team has been coached by Ken Niumatalolo since December 2007. Navy has 19 players and three coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame and won the National Championship in 1926 according to the Boand and Houlgate poll systems. The 1910 team also was undefeated and unscored upon (the lone tie was a 0–0 game).[2] The mascot is Bill the Goat.

Rivalries[edit]

Army[edit]

Main article: Army–Navy Game

The Army–Navy Game, played annually on the last weekend of the college football regular season in early December, pits the football teams of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York (Army) against the Navy Midshipmen. It is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football, and is televised every year by CBS. It was in the 1963 Army–Navy game that instant replay made its television debut.

This game has always had inter-service "bragging rights" at stake; in past decades, when both Army and Navy were often national powers, the game occasionally had national championship implications. However, as top-level college football has developed and grown, the high academic entrance requirements, height and weight limits, and the military commitment required of West Point and Annapolis graduates has reduced the overall competitiveness of both academies.

While Navy has had a resurgence in recent years, Army has struggled to post winning seasons. However, the tradition of the game has ensured that it remains nationally televised to this day. One of the great appeals of this game to many fans is that its players are largely playing for the love of the game, since almost none will ever play in the NFL. The game is especially emotional for the seniors, called "first classmen" by both academies, since it is typically the last competitive football game they will ever play.

During wartime, the game is even more emotional because some seniors will not return once they are deployed. For instance, in the 2004 game, at least one senior from the class of 2003 who was killed in Iraq, Navy's J. P. Blecksmith, was remembered. The players placed their comrade's pads and jerseys on chairs on the sidelines. Much of the sentiment of the game goes out to those who share the uniform and who are overseas.

Army-Navy is played in early December, typically in Philadelphia. The game, however, has also been played in other locations such as New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and Pasadena.

Commander-in-Chief's Trophy[edit]

The Navy side of the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy
Navy celebrates winning the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy after winning the 2005 Army–Navy Game on December 3, 2005.

The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is awarded to each season's winner of the triangular college football series among the United States Military Academy (Army), the United States Naval Academy (Navy), and the United States Air Force Academy (Air Force). In the event of a tie, the award is shared, but the previous winner retains the trophy. Navy controlled the trophy from 2003 to 2009, marking one of the longest times any academy has had possession of the prestigious trophy.

Typically, the Navy–Air Force game is played in early October and the Army–Air Force game is played in mid-November, followed by Army-Navy in early December.

When Navy has possession of the trophy, it is displayed in a glass case in Bancroft Hall, the Midshipmen's dormitory. Navy has won 14 Commander-in-Chief's Trophies (1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013).

Notre Dame[edit]

Navy has played Notre Dame, also an independent, in 87 annual games without interruption since 1927 with a record of 12–74–1. Notre Dame plays this game to repay Navy for helping to keep Notre Dame financially afloat during World War II. This series is scheduled to continue indefinitely.

From 1963, when Navy beat Notre Dame 35–14, to 2006, Notre Dame won 43 consecutive games against Navy, the longest such streak in Division 1-A football. This streak ended on November 3, 2007, when Navy beat Notre Dame 46–44 in triple overtime. Navy also bested Notre Dame in 2009 and 2010, making the class of 2011 only the third class in Navy history to have beaten Notre Dame three times.

When Navy is the home team for this game in even-numbered years, the Midshipmen host the game off-campus at large stadiums used by NFL teams, usually FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland or M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Midshipmen have also hosted the Irish at John F. Kennedy Stadium and Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

Maryland[edit]

A snap during the 2005 Navy-Maryland game.

The intrastate rivalry between Maryland and Navy is referred to as the "Crab Bowl Classic." Starting in 1905, the two teams have played sporadically over the years. Many of the early games were lopsided and Navy leads the series 14–7. In 2005, the teams renewed their rivalry and Maryland won, 23–20. The teams met again on Labor Day 2010 and Maryland won again, 17–14, after the Terps' goal-line stand with under a minute remaining. As of 2010, the winner of the Crab Bowl Classic is awarded the Crab Bowl Trophy, created by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis with underwriting from the D'Camera Group. [3]

Rutgers[edit]

This rivalry stems from Navy and Rutgers being two of the only three programs (the third is Army) to come out of the original, informal "Ivy League" that are still members of the top tier of NCAA college football (currently Division I-FBS). (See Before There Was An Ivy League and Ivy League#History of the athletic league.) Although the two teams only began a regular series relatively recently in 1995, the games between the two schools are often close and sometimes have controversy as in the 2004 and 2007 editions of the series. The rivalry dates to 1891, making the two schools each other's oldest active football rivals. The schools have met 24 times, with Rutgers leading the series at 12–11–1 all-time after the 2011 Navy loss. Army is Rutgers' second oldest active rivalry. Navy and Rutgers have played nearly every year since 1995 and are currently scheduled through at least 2014.

SMU[edit]

The Gansz Trophy was created in 2009 through a collaboration between the athletic departments of the Naval Academy and Southern Methodist University.[4] The trophy is named for Frank Gansz who played linebacker at the Naval Academy from 1957 through 1959. Gansz later served on the coaching staffs at numerous colleges, including all three service academies and Southern Methodist, as well as several professional teams. The two teams have met 16 times with Navy leading the all-time series 9-7, and the trophy series 2-0.

1926 national championship[edit]

1926 national championship team

Three undefeated teams with nearly identical records would cause a stir among fans and pollsters today, but this was the case when Navy earned its lone national championship in 1926, as the Midshipmen shared the honor with Stanford and Alabama. A 7-7 tie between Alabama and Stanford in the 1926 Rose Bowl gave Stanford a 10-0-1 mark, while the Crimson Tide and the Mids each had identical 9-0-1 records.

The Midshipmen opened the '26 season with a new coach, Bill Ingram. A former Navy standout from 1916–1918, Ingram took over a Navy team that had only won seven games in the previous two seasons combined. One of the keys to Navy’s 1926 squad was a potent offense led by All-America tackle and team captain Frank Wickhorst, who proved to be a punishing blocker for the Navy offense. One member of the Navy offense that appreciated the blocking of Wickhorst was Tom Hamilton. The quarterback and kicker had a pair of 100-yard rushing games en route to All-America honors.

Navy's biggest win that year was against Michigan in front of 80,000 fans in Baltimore. The Mids scored 10 second half points to upset the Wolverines, 10-0. Navy’s offense tallied 165 yards behind the powering attack of Hamilton and Henry Caldwell who scored Navy’s lone touchdown on a one-yard plunge. Jubilation from the victory continued after the game, as the Midshipmen tore down the goal post at each end of the field and carried away all the markers that lined both sides of the field.

Navy headed into its season finale against Army with a 9-0 record. The game was to be played in Chicago at Soldier Field, which had been built as a memorial to the men killed in World War I. It was only natural Army and Navy would be invited to play the inaugural contest there. James R. Harrison of the New York Times described the game as "the greatest of its time and as a national spectacle." Over 110,000 people witnessed the Midshipmen open up a 14-0 lead on the Cadets, only to see Army fight back to take a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter. The Navy offense responded behind its strong ground game led by running back Alan Shapley. On fourth down and three yards to go, Shapley ran eight yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 21. As the final quarter concluded, Army mounted a brief threat only to miss a 25-yard field goal.

The tie gave the Midshipmen a share of the national championship based on retroactive rankings by both the William Boand and Deke Houlgate mathematical poll systems.[2]

Seasons[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1879 No coach 0–0–1
1880 No team
1881 No team
1882 Vauix Carter 1–0
1883 No coach 0–1
1884 No coach 1–0
1885 No coach 1–2
1886 No coach 3–3
1887 No coach 3–1
1888 No coach 1–4
1889 No coach 4–1–1
1890 No coach 5–1–1
1891 No coach 5–2
1892 Ben Crosby 5–2
1893 Josh Hartwell 5–3
1894 Bill Wurtenburg 4–1–2
1895 Matt McClung 5–2
1896 Johnny Poe 5–3
1897 Bill Armstrong 8–1
1898 Bill Armstrong 7–1
1899 Bill Armstrong 5–3
1900 Garrett Cochran 6–3
1901 Doc Hillebrand 6–4–1
1902 Doc Hillebrand 2–7–1
1903 Burr Chamberlain 4–7–1
1904 Paul Dashiell 7–2–1
1905 Paul Dashiell 10–1–1
1906 Paul Dashiell 8–2–2
1907 Joe Reeves 9–2–1
1908 Frank Berrien 9–2–1
1909 Frank Berrien 4–3–1
1910 Frank Berrien 8–0–1
1911 Doug Howard 6–0–3
1912 Doug Howard 6–3
1913 Doug Howard 7–1–1
1914 Doug Howard 6–3
1915 Jonas Ingram 3–5–1
1916 Jonas Ingram 6–3–1
1917 Gil Dobie 7–1
1918 Gil Dobie 4–1
1919 Gil Dobie 6–1
1920 Bob Folwell 6–2
1921 Bob Folwell 6–1
1922 Bob Folwell 5–2
1923 Bob Folwell 5–1–3 T Rose
1924 Bob Folwell 2–6
1925 Jack Owsley 5–2–1
1926 Bill Ingram 9–0–1
1927 Bill Ingram 6–3
1928 Bill Ingram 5–3–1
1929 Bill Ingram 6–2–2
1930 Bill Ingram 6–5
1931 Rip Miller 5–5–1
1932 Rip Miller 2–6–1
1933 Rip Miller 5–4
1934 Tom Hamilton 8–1
1935 Tom Hamilton 5–4
1936 Tom Hamilton 6–3
1937 Hank Hardwick 4–4–1
1938 Hank Hardwick 4–3–2
1939 Swede Larson 3–5–1
1940 Swede Larson 6–2–1
1941 Swede Larson 7–1–1 10
1942 Billick Whelchel 5–4
1943 Billick Whelchel 8–1 4
1944 Oscar Hagberg 6–3 4
1945 Oscar Hagberg 7–1–1 2
1946 Tom Hamilton 1–8
1947 Tom Hamilton 1–7–1
1948 George Sauer 0–8–1
1949 George Sauer 3–5–1
1950 Eddie Erdelatz 3–6
1951 Eddie Erdelatz 2–6–1
1952 Eddie Erdelatz 6–2–1 17
1953 Eddie Erdelatz 4–3–2
1954 Eddie Erdelatz 8–2 W Sugar 5 5
1955 Eddie Erdelatz 6–2–1 20 18
1956 Eddie Erdelatz 6–1–2 19 16
1957 Eddie Erdelatz 9–1–1 W Cotton 6 5
1958 Eddie Erdelatz 6–3
1959 Wayne Hardin 5–4–1
1960 Wayne Hardin 9–2 L Orange 6 4
1961 Wayne Hardin 7–3
1962 Wayne Hardin 5–5
1963 Wayne Hardin 9–2 L Cotton 2 2
1964 Wayne Hardin 3–6–1
1965 Bill Elias 4–4–2
1966 Bill Elias 4–6
1967 Bill Elias 5–4–1
1968 Bill Elias 2–8
1969 Rick Forzano 1–9
1970 Rick Forzano 2–9
1971 Rick Forzano 3–8
1972 Rick Forzano 4–7
1973 George Welsh 4–7
1974 George Welsh 4–7
1975 George Welsh 7–4
1976 George Welsh 4–7
1977 George Welsh 5–6
1978 George Welsh 9–3 W Holiday
1979 George Welsh 7–4
1980 George Welsh 8–4 L Garden State
1981 George Welsh 7–4–1 L Liberty
1982 Gary Tranquill 6–5
1983 Gary Tranquill 3–8
1984 Gary Tranquill 4–6–1
1985 Gary Tranquill 4–7
1986 Gary Tranquill 3–8
1987 Elliot Uzelac 2–9
1988 Elliot Uzelac 3–8
1989 Elliot Uzelac 3–8
1990 George Chaump 5–6
1991 George Chaump 1–10
1992 George Chaump 1–10
1993 George Chaump 4–7
1994 George Chaump 3–8
1995 Charlie Weatherbie 5–6
1996 Charlie Weatherbie 9–3 W Aloha
1997 Charlie Weatherbie 7–4
1998 Charlie Weatherbie 3–8
1999 Charlie Weatherbie 5–7
2000 Charlie Weatherbie 1–10
2001 Charlie Weatherbie
Rick Lantz
0–10
2002 Paul Johnson 2–10
2003 Paul Johnson 8–5 L Houston
2004 Paul Johnson 10–2 W Emerald 24 24
2005 Paul Johnson 8–4 W Poinsettia
2006 Paul Johnson 9–4 L Meineke Car Care
2007 Paul Johnson
Ken Niumatalolo
8–5 L Poinsettia
2008 Ken Niumatalolo 8–5 L EagleBank
2009 Ken Niumatalolo 10–4 W Texas
2010 Ken Niumatalolo 9–4 L Poinsettia
2011 Ken Niumatalolo 5–7
2012 Ken Niumatalolo 8–5 L Kraft Fight Hunger
2013 Ken Niumatalolo 9–4 W Armed Forces
Total: 670–540–57
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

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Bowl results[edit]

Season Bowl game Opponent Result Note(s)
1924 Rose Bowl Washington T 14–14
1955 Sugar Bowl Mississippi W 21–0 "Team Named Desire"[6]
1957 Cotton Bowl Rice W 20–7
1960 Orange Bowl Missouri L 14–24 Heisman Trophy winner, RB Joe Bellino
1963 Cotton Bowl Texas L 6–28 Texas ranked #1, Navy #2
1978 Holiday Bowl BYU W 23–16 Inaugural Holiday Bowl, Navy ranked #17 in final UPI Poll
1980 Garden State Bowl Houston L 0–35
1981 Liberty Bowl Ohio State L 28–31
1996 Aloha Bowl California W 43–38
2003 Houston Bowl Texas Tech L 14–38
2004 Emerald Bowl New Mexico W 34–19 Navy ranked #24 in final poll (AP and Coaches')
2005 Poinsettia Bowl Colorado State W 51–30 Inaugural Poinsettia Bowl
2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl Boston College L 24–25
2007 Poinsettia Bowl Utah L 32–35
2008 EagleBank Bowl Wake Forest L 19–29 Inaugural EagleBank Bowl
2009 Texas Bowl Missouri W 35–13
2010 Poinsettia Bowl San Diego State L 14–35
2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Arizona State L 28–62
2013 Armed Forces Bowl Middle Tennessee State W 24-6
19 Bowl Games (Won 8, Lost 10, Tied 1)

Coaches[edit]

The current coach is Ken Niumatalolo.

Navy Coaches, by year, through December 8, 2012
Coach (Alma Mater) Seasons Years Games W L T Pct.
Vauix Carter (USNA) 1 1882 1 1 0 0 1.000
Ben Crosby (Yale) 1 1892 7 5 2 0 .714
Josh Hartwell (Yale) 1 1893 8 5 3 0 .625
Bill Wurtenburg (Yale) 1 1894 7 4 1 2 .714
Matt McClung (Lehigh) 1 1895 7 5 2 0 .714
Johnny Poe (Princeton) 1 1896 8 5 3 0 .625
Bill Armstrong (Yale) 3 1897-99 25 19 5 1 .780
Garrett Cochran (Princeton) 1 1900 9 6 3 0 .667
Doc Hillebrand (Princeton) 2 1901-02 21 8 11 2 .429
Burr Chamberlain (Yale) 1 1903 12 4 7 1 .375
Paul Dashiell (Lehigh) 3 1904 34 25 5 4 .794
Joe Reeves (USNA) 1 1907 12 9 2 1 .741
Frank Berrien (USNA) 3 1908-10 29 21 5 3 .776
Doug Howard (USNA) 4 1911-14 36 25 7 4 .750
Jonas H. Ingram (USNA) 2 1915-16 19 9 8 2 .526
Gil Dobie (Minnesota) 3 1917-19 20 17 3 0 .850
Bob Folwell (Penn) 5 1920-24 38 24 12 2 .658
Jack Owsley (Yale) 1 1925 8 5 2 1 .688
Bill Ingram (USNA) 5 1926-30 49 32 13 4 .694
Rip Miller (Notre Dame) 3 1931-33 29 12 15 2 .448
Tom Hamilton (USNA) 5 1934-36, 46-47 45 21 23 1 .478
Hank Hardwick (USNA) 2 1937-38 18 8 7 3 .528
Swede Larson (USNA) 3 1939-41 27 16 8 3 .648
Billick Whelchel (USNA) 2 1942-43 18 13 5 0 .722
Oscar Hagberg (USNA) 2 1944-45 18 13 4 1 .750
George Sauer (Nebraska) 2 1948-49 18 3 13 2 .222
Eddie Erdelatz (St. Mary's) 9 1950-58 84 50 26 8 .643
Wayne Hardin (Coll. of Pacific) 6 1959-64 62 38 22 2 .629
Bill Elias (Maryland) 4 1965-68 40 15 22 3 .413
Rick Forzano (Kent State) 4 1969-72 43 10 33 0 .233
George Welsh (USNA) 9 1973-81 102 55 46 1 .544
Gary Tranquill (Wittenberg) 5 1982-86 55 20 34 1 .373
Elliot Uzelac (W. Michigan) 3 1987-89 33 8 25 0 .242
George Chaump (Bloomsburg) 5 1990-94 55 14 41 0 .255
Charlie Weatherbie (Okla. St.) 7 1995–2001 75 30 45 0 .400
Rick Lantz (Central Conn. St.) <1 2001 3 0 3 0 .000
Paul Johnson (W. Carolina) 6 2002–2007 74 45 29 0 .608
Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaiʻi) 6 2007–Present 79 49 30 0 .620

Individual award winners[edit]

Retired football jerseys[7]
Number Player

12 Roger Staubach
27 Joe Bellino
30 Napoleon McCallum

Heisman Trophy[edit]

Maxwell Award[edit]

Other awards[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Navy has 19 players and 3 coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame:

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans[edit]

Year Player Class Team
1953-54 Steve Eisenhauer '54
1957-58 Tom Forrestal '58
1958-59 Joe Tranchini '60 1st
1969-70 Dan Pike '70
1974-75 Tim Harden '75 2nd
1975-76 Chet Moeller '76 2nd
1979-80 Ted Dumbauld '81 2nd
1980-81 Ted Dumbauld '81 1st
1999-00 Terrence Anderson '00 2nd
2009-10 John Dowd '12 2nd
2010-11 John Dowd '12 1st

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame National Scholar-Athlete Awards[edit]

"The Most Prestigious Scholarships In College Football Since 1959"

  • Joe Ince - 1963
  • Alan Roodhouse - 1965
  • Daniel Pike - 1969
  • Timothy Harden - 1974
  • Theodore Dumbauld - 1980
  • Carl C. Voss - 1991
  • Terrence Anderson - 1999

Athletic Hall of Fame[edit]

For football players in the USNA Athletic Hall of Fame, see footnote.[8]

The Athletic Hall of Fame is housed in Lejeune Hall. Among the exhibits are two Heisman Trophies, won by Joe Bellino in 1960 and Roger Staubach in 1963.[9]

Alumni[edit]

See: Football alumni

Facilities[edit]

  • Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Ricketts Hall – This building contains the locker room for the varsity football team and offices for football, basketball, and lacrosse.[10] It also contains the Jack Lengyel Sports Conditioning Facility, which is one of three "strength and conditioning facilities" at the academy. The weight-room facility serves football, men's lacrosse, baseball and wrestling.[11]
  • Rip Miller Field – Named for Edgar Miller, who was the Navy head football coach for three seasons (1931–1933). The field is used by both lacrosse and sprint football.[11]
  • Wesley Brown Field House – The field house has a full-length, 76,000-square-foot (7,100 m2), retractable Magic Carpet AstroTurf football field.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bigeast.org/News/tabid/435/Article/230685/Navy-to-Make-BIG-EAST-its-First-Football-Conference-Home.aspx
  2. ^ a b OFFICIAL 2007 NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL RECORDS BOOK
  3. ^ "Crab Bowl Trophy". 28 August 2010. The Capital website. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  4. ^ Football: "SMU-Navy To Battle For Gansz Trophy: Schools Establish Traveling Trophy To Honor Coaching Legend". October 7, 2009. Naval Academy Varsity Athletics official website. Retrieved 2010-02-20. "SMU-Navy To Battle For Gansz Trophy: Schools Establish Traveling Trophy To Honor Coaching Legend". October 6, 2009. SMUMUSTANGS.com. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  5. ^ 2013 Navy Midshipmen football media guide
  6. ^ "A Team Named Desire". TIME Magazine. 1954-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  7. ^ Lamb, p.61
  8. ^ Hall of Fame Index (by sport). Naval Academy Varsity Athletics official website. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
  9. ^ Bailey, Steve (August 22, 2008). "In Annapolis, Md., the Past Is Always at Hand". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  10. ^ See United States Naval Academy#Halls and principal buildings.
  11. ^ a b See Navy Midshipmen#Facilities.

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