Goal-line stand keeps Army's streak alive

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:09 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Nov. 30, 1946

A powerful Army team is unbeaten in 27 games (26-0-1) with Mr. Inside (fullback Doc Blanchard) and Mr. Outside (Glenn Davis) and expects to make fodder of Navy in the season finale. But the Midshipmen, 28-point underdogs after losing seven consecutive games, rally from a 21-6 halftime deficit and are three yards away from pulling off the huge upset of No. 1 Army.

Before some 100,000 fans in Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium, including a hot-dog eating President Harry Truman, the Cadets regroup and their goal-line stand in the final 90 seconds preserves their 21-18 victory.

Besides throwing a scare into Army's juggernaut, Navy's gritty performance also gives it one more parcel of satisfaction. It prevents the Cadets from winning their third consecutive national championship, as No. 2 Notre Dame, after crushing Southern California, will leapfrog Army in the polls.

Davis will have to be content with concluding his career with the Heisman Trophy, after Blanchard had won it in 1945.