ARMY'S LAST HOPE DIED ON NAVY'S 8 WHEN PASSER PETE VANN WAS RUSHED AND OVERWHELMED BY NAVY'S GATTUSO (36) AND BEAGLE
Quarterback Welsh made big contribution to Navy victory with his faultless execution of the "bread-and-butter" play of the split-T attack, the quarterback option in which he can decide to run instead of passing, or handing off, or pitching out. In this example, Welsh took the ball from Center Wilson Whit-mire (58) and broke to his left (above), eying line for a possible opening through which he might run himself. Seeing none, Welsh, still moving behind his line to the left, pitched out (below) to Halfback Bob Craig (44), running wide. Army's Don Holleder and Pat Uebel stopped Craig this time, but most of the afternoon George Welsh had the option working perfectly. With it he kept Army's defenses off balance and set up all four Navy scores.
Navy's attack was varied and daring, and designed to confuse orthodox defensive thinking. Early in the first period Navy recovered an Army fumble on the Cadets' 26-yard line. Here, on first down, George Welsh gambled, elected to keep the ball on the option play, raced 14 yards through a surprised army team to the 12-yard line. Thereupon, on first down, he passed. Three plays later Navy had its first touchdown. This aggressive almost impudent offense contrasted strongly with Army's powerful, methodical attack, piled up yardage, brought open-mouthed roars of approval from the happy corps of Midshipmen (right).