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The 1947 Army Cadets football team was an American football team that represented the United States Military Academy as an independent during the 1947 college football season. In its seventh year under head coach Earl Blaik, the team compiled a 5–2–2 record, was ranked No. 11 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a total of 220 to 68.[1] The team played its home games at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York.

1947 Army Cadets football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 11
1947 record5–2–2
Head coachEarl Blaik (7th season)
Home stadiumMichie Stadium
Seasons
← 1946
1948 →
1947 Eastern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State         9 0 1
No. 7 Penn         7 0 1
Muhlenberg         9 1 0
Rutgers         8 1 0
No. 20 Columbia         7 2 0
No. 11 Army         5 2 2
Lafayette         6 3 0
Yale         6 3 0
Villanova         6 3 1
Boston University         5 3 0
Princeton         5 3 0
Boston College         5 4 0
Lehigh         5 4 0
Delaware         4 4 0
Brown         4 4 1
Dartmouth         4 4 1
Holy Cross         4 4 2
Harvard         4 5 0
Cornell         4 5 0
Syracuse         3 6 0
NYU         2 5 1
Temple         2 6 0
Duquesne         2 8 0
Colgate         1 5 2
Fordham         1 6 1
Pittsburgh         1 8 0
Drexel         0 8 0

Army's loss to Columbia on October 25, 1947, broke the Cadets' 32-game unbeaten streak dating back to November 1943.[2]

Army guard Joe Steffy was selected by the Football Writers Association of America as the 1947 recipient of the Outland Trophy as the best guard or tackle in the country.[3] Steffy was also a consensus first-team pick for the 1947 All-America team,[4] and he was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Steffy and Army fullback Elwyn "Rip" Rowan received first-team honors on the International News Service's 1947 All-East team.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 27VillanovaW 13–028,000[6]
October 11vs. IllinoisT 0–065,000[7]
October 4Colorado
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, NY
W 47–021,000[8]
October 18VPI
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, NY
W 40–020,000[9]
October 25at ColumbiaL 20–2135,000[2]
November 1Washington & Lee
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, NY
W 65–1321,050[10]
November 8No. 1 Notre DameNo. 9L 7-2759,171[11]
November 15at PennT 7–780,000[12]
November 29vs. NavyNo. 12W 21–0103,000[13]
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1947 Army Black Knights Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Gene Ward (October 26, 1947). "Lions Halt Army Streak, 21-20". The Daily News (New York City). p. 91 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Cadet Steffy Wins Outland Grid Trophy". Muncie Star. December 9, 1947. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "Unbeaten Penn Lands 3 Spots". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. November 29, 1947. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Gene Ward (September 28, 1947). "Army Wins, 13-0, on Villanova". The Daily News (New York City). pp. C41, C43 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Gene Ward (October 12, 1947). "Cadets Play 0-0 Draw; Illini Miss Field Goal". The Daily News (New York City). p. 102 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Army Shackles Colorado, 47-0". The Daily News (New York City). October 5, 1947. p. 100 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Jim McCulley (October 19, 1947). "Army Rips VPI, 40-0; Rowan Scores 2 TDs". The Daily News (New York City). p. C41 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Rebounding Army Smothers W. and L." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 2, 1947. pp. 25–26 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Jim Costin (November 9, 1947). "59,171 See Irish Whip Army". The South Bend Tribune. pp. 1, – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Art Morrow (November 16, 1947). "Unbeaten Penn Ties Army, 7-7, Before 80,000". The Philadelphia Inquirer. pp. 1S, 2S – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ George M. Mawhinney (November 30, 1947). "103,000 Grid Fans Jam City To See Army Beat Navy: Truman Tops List of Spectators At Football Classic in Stadium; Cadets and Middies Thrill Throngs". The Philadelphia Inquirer. pp. S1, S2 – via Newspapers.com.