We take a break from SWC classics for this weeks throwback Thursday with Army Navy from back in 1992. Crank the Milli Vanilli and enjoy some classic Mids vs. the Black Knights of the Hudson. I had the great pleasure of attending an Army/Navy game a few years ago, a top five sporting experience of my life. I'd encourage anyone with the chance to go support these great young men. Plus the football is pretty good.
Get me some Patriotic Bullets:
- Army was coached by the great Bob Sutton. Don't know Bob Sutton? You should. He got his start for Bo Schembechler back in the 70s. He coached Army from '91 to '99. He's since gone on to several NFL posts including coaching the Chiefs defense this season.
- Sutton went 44-55-1 including a 10 win 1996 season, one of two winning seasons for the Black Knights under Sutton.
- Like running football? You'd love 1992 Army, they attempted a grand total of 117 passes. They completed 64 of those passes for just over 800 yards. They ran the beautiful and underused wishbone.
- Army quarterback Rick Roper was as dual threat as you can get, passing for just over 700 yards, rushing for just over 600.
- The Black Knights went 5-6 in '92, with wins over Holy Cross, Northern Illinois, Lafayette, Eastern Michigan, and Navy.
- The Midshipmen were coached by George Chaump in 1992. Chaump coached at Marshall and Navy and just retired a couple years back after coaching high school ball in Pennsylvania.
- Chaump's 1992 team was one of back to back 1-10 teams he directed at Navy. He ended his career at 14-41.
- Compared to Army, the Midshipmen aired the ball out, throwing 200 times.
- Navy quarterback Jason Van Matre, like his Army counterpart, defined a dual threat with almost 1,000 yards passing and over 600 yards rushing.
- Navy's one win in 1992 came against Tulane. They even lost by 16 to I-AA Delaware.
- Rice got a piece of Navy in 1992 with a 27-22 win at Rice Stadium in November.
Enjoy a great American football tradition and don't forget to tune in on Saturday for the 127th Army Navy Game.