Too Young to Remember These

Sunday, August 8, 2010

ESPN leads off today with a slideshow list of the 50 most painful college football outcomes.

Some of Army's worst Army/Navy letdowns made the list.

First up is the notable 1950 letdown.


Battle On The Field



Dec. 2, 1950: Army was 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country. Navy was 2-6. But behind quarterback Bob Zastrow, the Midshipmen orchestrated the storied rivalry's biggest upset. In the second quarter, Zastrow ran for a touchdown and passed for another, leading Navy to a 14-2 victory at Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium. President Harry S. Truman witnessed the surprising outcome, but the rest of America could only listen. It was the last time the Army-Navy game wasn't televised.

Army appears again at #15.

#15 Unfit To Tie



Nov. 27, 1948: Can a tie rank among the most painful outcomes of all time? This one can. Army, which had won national titles in '44, '45 and '46, was undefeated yet again. Navy was winless and punchless. The Middies had not scored more than 14 points in a game all season and had been shut out their two previous contests. Yet they battled back from a 14-7 deficit, tying the game at 14 and again at 21, and then stopping a late Army drive. This shocking draw would be the only blemish on Army's record across a two-year, 17-0-1 span.



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