Bob Mischak’s tackle – 1953 Army Duke

Worth Lutz, Duke’s Quarterback ready to take the snap inside their 30

The snap and handoff — Bob Mischak (lower left)is number 87, already starting his push into the Duke Backfield

2d handoff to Red Smith

The Reverse

The Turn up Field

Cutting inside

Setting the Blocks

Breaking Through

The Field is Open

Red is Gone

Wide Open at the 40

Real Concern

As if From No Where Bob Starts to Close

At the 20

Col Blaik repeating over & over ” wait, Wait” as Bob Slowly Closes on Red

Bob Mischak has him

Red is Down at the 7

Duke lines up at the 7


Stopped on 2d down

Stopped again on 3d down

Duke lined up on 4th Down. Army expects a run right up the middle

Army stops the run and takes over inches from the Goal Line

Army kicks out of trouble, Duke takes over and on the last play of the Game Peter Vann bats away a pass in the end zone.


  1. Posted October 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    One of the greatest football plays of all time. Incredible effort by Bob Mischak.There used to be a film/tape of this play. What ever happened to it. Sadly , Bob Mischak passed away earlier this year. R.I.P. Bob.
    Ron Tamoschat.

  2. forwhattheygave
    Posted October 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Still photos are at

  3. Posted October 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I have seen the still photos , but up until 4 or 5 years (?) ago the actual film action footage was still available as I viewed it back then. Has the film deteriorated to the point that it is not available ? Ron Tamoschat.

  4. forwhattheygave
    Posted October 18, 2014 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Found it – Phil

  5. Posted October 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Phil. Really appreciate it. I remember the names of many of the Army players to this day. Tommy Bell came from my neighborhood in the Bronx. Will never forget the play of Bob Mischak.. What desire. Listened to it on the radio. The announcer said it was one of the greatest plays he had ever seen. Those Army players of Red Blaik showed a will to win that has never been matched since.

  6. Posted September 2, 2015 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Army plays Duke on Oct 10, 2015. Time to remember – time to win – time to BEAT NAVY

  7. Posted October 13, 2015 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    You are right Jay

  8. Ron Tamoschat.
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Got shellacked by Duke 44-3 . Really bad. The only thing left is to beat Navy. I don’t even care about Air force. Navy looked tough in the first three quarters against Notre Dame before falling apart in the 4thQuarter. Beating them will be very tough. Miracles do happen. RonTamoschat.

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