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2006 Sportsman of the Year

Photograph by Dartmouth Sports Publicity
NOMAR GARCIAPARRA
First basemen saves two women from drowning.
ANDY RODDICK
Tennis pro reverses call made in his favor.
DARREN CLARKE
Golfer refuses improved lie.
ARSÉNE WENGER
Arsenal manager asks for replay after injury.
SEAHAWKS
High school football team reaches out to rivals.
NATE HAASIS
Quarterback contests his own passing record.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Requests rematch after scoring on a "fifth down."
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CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Big Red College football team

It's known in college football as the Fifth Down Game. The date was Nov. 16, 1940, and undefeated Cornell thought it had escaped Dartmouth's Memorial Field with a win. The Big Red, the defending national champion, had scored on a touchdown pass (left) in the final seconds for what appeared to be a 7–3 win.

But the next day, after the game film had been reviewed, it was clear that Cornell had scored on a fifth down it had been awarded when the referee lost track of the number of downs. When told of the mistake, the commissioner of the Eastern Collegiate Football Association ruled that the game was over and the result would stand. But Cornell coach Carl Snavely called a meeting and let his players decide. "We figured if [Dartmouth] won it, they won it, and that's the way it should be," said Cornell tackle Nick Drahos. School officials contacted Dartmouth the next week and forfeited the victory. Dartmouth was credited with a 3–0 win—and the athletic director wired Cornell in gratitude: "Dartmouth accepts the victory and your congratulations, and salutes the Cornell team, the honorable and honored opponent of her longest unbroken football rivalry."

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