1920 – 1929 Army Navy Football

Navy 7, Army 0 Nov. 27, 1920 – New York, N.Y.

Navy’s first offensive touchdown in 10 Army-Navy games proved to be a big one, handing the Cadets a 7-0 defeat. This also evened the all-time series mark at 11-11-2. Army was unable to convert on any of its three first-half field goal attempts, forcing the teams into halftime deadlocked in a scoreless tie. This remained until Vic Noyes tossed a seven-yard touchdown to Ben Koehler for the score. The Midshipmen nullified any hopes of an Army comeback with an interception at midfield to end the game.

Navy 7, Army 0 Nov. 26, 1921 – New York, N.Y.

Allowing just 124 yards of total offense, Navy posted its sixth shutout in its last-seven wins with a 7-0 victory over Army. Vince Conroy gave Navy all the points it needed with a short touchdown run midway though the first quarter. The Midshipmen defense sealed the deal with a superb effort, halting the Cadets on two key occasions. Army had driven to the Navy 33-yard line in the fourth quarter, as Denis Mulligan’s field goal attempt fell short. The Midshipmen’s Ira McKee spoiled Army’s next hope with an interception at the Navy eight-yard line. This win was Navy’s third-straight victory over its archrival. In addition to outscoring Army 20-0 in the last three quarters, Navy had a 40-13 advantage in first downs and had outgained the Cadets, 683-230.

Army 17, Navy 14 Nov. 25, 1922 – Philadelphia, Pa.

Army’s George Smythe proved to be a thorn in Navy’s side, as his 47-yard punt return set up his seven-yard touchdown pass to Fran Dodd and gave the Cadets a 17-14 win before 55,000 fans at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field. Trailing 10-7, momentum swung to Navy’s side as Vince Conroy’s one-yard touchdown run gave the Midshipmen a 14-10 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. However, the excitement shifted back to the Army sideline, as Smythe’s punt return and touchdown pass gave the Cadets a lead they would not relinquish. The Army defense clinched the victory by stopping Navy at the Cadet 22-yard line late in the game. Despite the final outcome, the Midshipmen won the statistical battle, outgaining Army, 283-154.

West Point’s Eleven Reaches Philadelphia. – Schenectady Gazette – Nov 21, 1922

Coolidge, Weeks and Denby to Be on Hand for Army-Navy Clash…- Boston Daily Globe – Nov 22, 1922
CHEERING THRONGS GREET ARMY TEAM; West Point Delegation Gets a Great Welcome Upon Arrival in Philadelphia. – New York Times – – Nov 24, 1922
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 23.–From the time the West Point football squad, thirty-six strong, arrived at the Reading Terminal at 1:25 o’clock this afternoon until it arrived at Green Hill Farms. Overbrook, the players were greeted lavishly.

ARMY PLAYERS OUT ON FRANKLIN FIELD – Boston Daily Globe – Nov 24, 1922
PHILADELPHIA, Nov 23–Behind holted and guarded gates, the Army football team went through a snappy practice on Franklin Field this afternoon in preparation for the annual struggle with the Navy Saturday.
Walter Camp Looks for Much Passing When Army and Navy Elevens Clash – Middies Will Rely on Long Heaves, While Army Will Shoot Over Many Shorter Ones -Atlanta Constitution – Nov 24, 1922
The Army and Navy game at Philadelphia will hold the center of interest in the football world Saturday. This will be due to the fact that the Army has not been defeated and that this is the Year…
ARMY-NAVY TEAMS READY FOR CLASH; Arrive in Philadelphia and Put on Finishing Touches for Today’s Football Struggle.55,000 EXPECTED AT GAME Hotels in Quaker City, Are Full,Streets, Are Crowded and Service Uniforms Everywhere. – New York Times – Nov 25, 1922
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 24.–This city was invaded without a struggle today, the civil population giving way gracefully to the advance guard of the Army and the Navy. …The usual phrase that Philadelphia Is football mad on the eve of tomorrow’s, the twenty-fifth , Army and Navy game would not be true…

WEST POINT MOVING TO FRANKLIN FIELD; Military Post Will Be Deserted Today While Everybody Goes to Football Game…- New York Times – Nov 25, 1922

Service Squads Ready – Lewiston Daily Sun – Nov 25, 1922

Army-Navy Game Will Sure Be Full Of Fireworks – Rochester Evening Journal – Nov 25, 1922

ARMY TRIUMPHS BY MIGHTY EFFORT, 17-14 – First Score Against Navy Since 1916–Colorful Scenes For 55,000–Smythe Stars- Boston Daily Globe – Nov 26, 1922
PHILADELPHIA, Nov 25–Playing true to form, the Army football eleven defeated the Navy on Franklin Field today, 17 to 14, in one of the hardest and cleanest gridiron struggles seen on the Pennsylvania field in a long time..
Army Team Stages Rally In Final Period…-Atlanta Constitution – Nov 26, 1922
Playing true to the season’s form the Army football elevens defeated their old rivals, the Navy, on Franklin field today by the score of 17 to 14, in a hard, clean gridiron struggle.
DALY OVERJOYED AT ARMY’S SHOWING; West Point Coach Proud of His Team–Refuses Credit for Victory Over Navy – New York Times – Nov 26, 1922
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25–There was a riotous scene within the dressing quarters of the Army players shortly after their victory over the Navy eleven at Franklin Field this afternoon.


Army 0, Navy 0 Nov. 24, 1923 – New York, N.Y.

The 1923 Army-Navy game may have resulted in a scoreless tie, but that doesn’t mean the afternoon was lacking in excitement. After all, when the two teams combine to punt 26 times, something is bound to happen – maybe even more than once. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Army’s Henry Baxter blocked Navy punter Carl Cullen’s kick. The alert Cullen scrambled to recover the punt inside his own 10-yard line, which under the rules allowed Navy to retain possession. Although this was long before instant replay existed, the 65,000 fans were treated to the same incident on Navy’s next punt. Again, the Mids were inside their own 10-yard line as August Farwick got a hand on Cullen’s kick, which the Navy punter also recovered. Navy closed its season with a 14-14 tie against Washington in the Rose Bowl to finish 5-1-3 on the year.

Football Players Behaving Amicably on Field

Army 12, Navy 0 Nov. 29, 1924 – Baltimore, Md.

Given the choice of where to play the 1924 Army-Navy game, Annapolis officials chose Baltimore’s 80,000-seat stadium. But this supposed home field advantage did not pay the dividends the Mids had hoped, as Edgar Garbisch booted four field goals to give Army a 12-0 win. He may have accounted for all 12 points, but Garbisch had the opportunity to score 21 against the Mids. Army’s opening drive ended with Garbisch attempting a 30-yard dropkick field goal, however, it was blocked. Garbisch recovered the block, but his 40-yard attempt four downs later fell short. He also had a 45-yard attempt midway through the second quarter that sailed wide. Navy may not have reached the end zone, but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort. The Mids set a then series record by completing 12-of-22 passes for 50 yards. The Army victory gave the Cadets a 13-12-2 series advantage, a lead it would not relinquish for 56 years.



Army 10, Navy 3 Nov. 28, 1925 – New York, N.Y.

Six turnovers proved to be Navy’s demise, as Army held on for a 10-3 triumph before 60,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. After driving to the Army three-yard line early in the second quarter, Navy had to settle for a 12-yard field goal by Tom Hamilton. The Cadets, on the other hand, were able to capitalize upon a fourth down situation just before halftime. On fourth-and-four from the nine, Neil Harding hit Henry Baxter for the touchdown and the 7-3 win. Russell Reeder tacked on a field goal in the fourth quarter for the victory.




Army 21, Navy 21 – Nov. 27, 1926 – Chicago, Ill.

In his first season as head coach at his alma mater, West Point graduate Biff Jones used an intriguing strategy for the Army-Navy game. By starting his second-team units against the Midshipmen, he hoped to give Navy a false sense of confidence. The Mids took full advantage of the “mismatch,” as touchdown runs by Henry Caldwell and James Schuber handed Army an early deficit. The Cadets responded with three touchdowns, the last a 44-yard run by Chris Cagle, to take the lead by the end of the third quarter. Nonetheless, an eight-yard touchdown run by Alan Shapley in the fourth quarter salvaged a 21-21 tie for Navy. Army may have spoiled the Midshipmen’s bid for a 10-0 record, but coach Bill Ingram’s club still laid claim to the national title.
By Ray Schmidt
“…No single game in college football history has ever so completely combined the color, spectacle, national media coverage, public popularity, and top-flight level of play as the Army-Navy battle of 1926 at Soldier Field.
Robert Kelley of the New York Times defined the game’s significance when he wrote that day:
“Football had the greatest pageant, its high spot of color, and so did sport in the United States.”


Army 14, Navy 9 Nov. 26, 1927 – New York, N.Y.

In the last Army-Navy game played at the Polo Grounds, the Cadets overcame a pesky Midshipmen club to claim a 14-9 victory. Navy held a 2-0 lead at halftime, but it could have just as easily been 16-0. On its first possession, Navy reached the Army eight-yard line, but came away without a point. Midway through the second quarter, the Mids’ Carl Giese blocked a punt out of the end zone to give Navy a 2-0 lead. Navy had another chance to reach the end zone just before halftime, but Army stopped Joe Clifton on a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. A two-yard run by Lighthorse Harry Wilson gave the Cadets a 7-2 advantage early in the third quarter. Army added another touchdown to its lead when Chris Cagle intercepted an Ed Hannegan pass and returned it 41 yards to the Navy four-yard line. Wilson scored again, and Army was on its way to the win.
Navy scored its touchdown when Russell Lloyd hit Ted Sloane on a 28-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough.1927a-n

Time Magazine When the U. S. Academies at West Point and Annapolis agreed last summer, after a three-year breach (Editors note – 2 years 1928 & 1929) of athletic relations, to resume playing football with each other, they failed to settle the differences on which the breach was based. Navy like other colleges observes the three-year eligibility rule; at West Point cadets who have played three years of varsity football elsewhere are still eligible for the team. This gives West Point an obvious advantage in Army-Navy games. Navy has not won since 1921.

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