In order to bring the hallowed Army-Navy game to the Rose Bowl, the organizers in Pasadena had to promise to transport, house and feed the entire student bodies and support groups of both academies—9,437 people—at no cost to the schools or the government. That was accomplished without a glitch. The credit goes largely to Rolfe Arnhym, West Point class of '53 and executive VP of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Noting the declining attendance of the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia—last year's 67,307 was the lowest in 38 years—Arnhym sold the Pentagon on the Rose Bowl by, among other things, pointing out that California was chockablock with active and retired military personnel.
A potential problem was finding housing for the undergraduates for the several days around Thanksgiving, but just under 4,000 families in 31 cities in the Los Angeles area volunteered as hosts. "It was like having four more sons," said Don Gallon, a Pasadena Police Department detective who put up four midshipmen. "I even gave them keys to the car and told them to have a good time."
Another problem concerned mascots—Navy's goat and Army's mule. To spare Bill XXII the trauma of the 6,000-mile round trip, Navy flew in a six-month-old goat from Texas. For similar reasons, Army rented four mules from a national park.
The game was no contest. Navy Tailback Napoleon McCallum caught the opening kickoff at the five-yard line, ran six yards and handed off to Eric Wallace, who sprinted the remaining 89 yards into the end zone. After an Army fumble, McCallum ran 14 yards to make it 14-0, and then Steve Brady returned an interception 65 yards to put the Middies up 21-0. By that time the cadet rooting section had amended its "Beat Navy!" yell to "Beat the Spread!" Navy had been favored by 8 points but it won 42-13 as McCallum rushed for 182 yards, giving him 1,587 for the year.
Afterward, the Middies and Cadets attended a postgame dance at the Pasadena Convention Center, where they were joined by 3,700 California girls. Edna Krueger, the organizer of the fete, said she had to turn away more than a thousand other women, many no doubt influenced by the movie. An Officer and a Gentleman. "It's always been this way," she said. "Women relate to the mystique of a young cadet. This is the cream of the crop."
On Texas A&M's practice field it seemed as though a time machine was at work, for there was Bear Bryant, looking very much as he had when he coached the Aggies from 1954 to '57. Actually, it was actor Gary Busey, who last Friday took time out from his work on the forthcoming movie Bear to give a few words of Bryant-style inspiration to the A&M players before their game with Texas. "Had 'em bouncing off the walls," said one A&M official. For added inspiration Coach Jackie Sherrill dressed the team in all-maroon uniforms for the first time ever, and with Busey pacing the sidelines in a 1950s-style brown jacket and snap-brim hat (and holding the Bryant-trademark rolled-up program), the Aggies took a 13-0 lead over the Longhorns. "Hell yes, they were all fired up," said Texas Linebacker Jeff Leiding. "They were two miles above their comfort zone."
Late in the second quarter Texas brought in Rick McIvor, the third-string quarterback who had completed only three of 12 passes all season. With a gusting 30-mph wind at his back, McIvor led the Horns to six touchdowns and a field goal in their next seven possessions en route to the final 45-13 score.
SMU and Houston, which are 245 miles apart, traveled 6,400 miles to Tokyo to play in the Mirage Bowl before a crowd of 62,000 in National Stadium. The Mustangs took advantage of two Cougar fumbles, an interception and a bobbled punt to win 34-12.
Boston College's 20-13 victory over Alabama took place in torrential rain, snow and blustery winds, which tore the American flag in Foxboro's Sullivan Stadium to shreds and blew a tree across a power line, causing a 35-minute blackout. "We tried to psych 'em," said BC Linebacker Steve DeOssie. "We never let 'em realize we felt as cold as they did. And this was the worst weather I've ever played in." Leading 13-6 in the third quarter, the Crimson Tide fumbled at its own 35- and 41-yard lines to set up the Eagles' tying and winning touchdowns.
Georgia sneaked by its 27-24 win over Georgia Tech with an interception by Tony Flack with 1:22 to play. Tech outrushed the Dawgs 278 yards to 233 and outpassed them 130 to 108. "They just hammered us," said Georgia Defensive Coordinator Bill Lewis.