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Not even the Pentagon could deny that Army and Navy had two of the nation's really poor football teams. Heading into their game last week in Philadelphia, Army was 1-8-1 and Navy 1-9, and wait till Ralph Nader hears that the price of a ticket was $8.50. For the first time in 25 years the game was not a sellout, a fact the military decided not to emphasize. "It would look bad,' said the Navy athletic director, Captain J. O. Coppedge, while his Army counterpart, Colonel Gus Dielens, remarked, "All I know is that we had a sellout last year."
Still the affair drew 95,151 to John F. Kennedy Stadium and the fans almost got their money's worth—thanks only in part to Army and Navy. An additional attraction was the sudden pregame appearance of a certain Miss Karen LaGota. Wearing a mini-bikini, Miss LaGota charged onto the field during the coin toss and planted kisses on the surprised faces of the team captains. Her ensuing analysis may set Army recruiting back 100 years. "The Army captain didn't like it," she reported, "but the Navy captain loved it."
For those who do not care who wins or loses but how the game is played, it was not all that bad. After Army took a 7-0 lead, the Middies' Bob Elflein broke loose for a 49-yard touchdown and Navy edged ahead 8-7 on Mike McNallen's two point conversion pass to Karl Schwelm. Roger Lanning kicked a 33-yard field goal to round out Navy's 11-7 upset victory.
Early in the game Navy hardly looked like a winner. Although Mark Schickner intercepted three passes thrown by Army's sophomore Quarterback Dick Atha in the first half, the Middies failed to capitalize. They fumbled with third and goal at the Army three; they blew a handoff at the Cadets' 25; and they failed to score after getting first and goal at Army's one with 17 seconds left in the half.
In what has come to be known around Boston as the Jesuit Bowl, Boston College thumped Holy Cross 54-0. BC Quarterback Frank Harris completed 18 of 20 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns—three of them to Flanker George Gill—and won the Eddie O'Melia Award, given annually to the game's outstanding player. His halfback, Fred Willis, contributed 96 yards on 24 carries, had five catches and scored twice.
1. TENNESSEE (9-1)
There was good news for those folks who are sick and tired of seeing the bowls loaded up with teams from the Southeastern Conference. Miami's 14-13 upset of Florida knocked the Gators out of the Liberty Bowl, while Georgia Tech's 17-7 victory over Georgia kept the Bulldogs out of the Peach. The latter promptly invited North Carolina (8-3), which is coached by Bill Dooley, younger brother of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley and a former Bulldog assistant. Said Vince, "I guess ol' Bill getting to go to a bowl is the only consolation about us losing."