1963 Navy Midshipmen football team

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1963 Navy Midshipmen football
Conference Independent
Coaches #2
AP #2
1963 record 9–2
Head coach Wayne Hardin
Home stadium Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
« 1962 1964 »

The 1963 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy in the 1963 college football season. The Midshipmen were led by head coach Wayne Hardin in his fifth year, finished the year with an overall record of nine wins and two losses and with a loss against Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Quarterback Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award while leading the Midshipmen to a 9–1 regular season record and a final ranking of No. #2 in the nation. He led Navy to victory over their annual rivalry with Notre Dame, which would be the Midshipmen's last win over Notre Dame until 2007. In the Crab Bowl Classic, Navy defeated Maryland by a score of 42–7. There was talk of cancelling the 1963 Army-Navy game in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but his widow, Jacqueline, insisted that the game should be played. No. 2 Navy accepted an invitation to play in the 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic versus No. 1 Texas, the second No. 1 versus No. 2 bowl game in college football history.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21 at West Virginia #9 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 51–7  
September 28 William & Marydagger #5 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 28–0  
October 5 at Michigan #6 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 26–13  
October 11 at SMU #4 Cotton BowlDallas TX (Gansz Trophy) L 28–32  
October 19 vs. VMI #10 Foreman FieldNorfolk, VA (Oyster Bowl) W 21–12  
October 26 #3 Pittsburgh #10 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD W 24–12  
November 2 at Notre Dame #4 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Rivalry) W 35–14  
November 9 Maryland #4 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, MD (Crab Bowl Classic) W 42–7  
November 16 at Duke #2 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 38–25  
December 7 vs. Army #2 Philadelphia Municipal StadiumPhiladelphia, PA (Army–Navy Game) W 21–15  
January 1, 1964 vs. #1 Texas #2 Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) L 6–28  
daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Roger Staubach Quarterback 10 129 Dallas Cowboys


Awards and honors[edit]