Army vs Air Force, 1963

The following is the storyline on the 1963 Army-Air Force Football game played at Soldier Field, Chicago. The entire Corps of cadets attended the contest in which Army prevailed, 14-10, winning in the last minute and a half, a close and hard-fought game between two new rivals---


Air Force 14-10 Steve Waldrop Scores 2 TD'S

             GAME AT A GLANCE
ARMY (14)			AIR FORCE (10)

 16		First Downs	            10
246		Yard, Rushing	            73
 45		Yards Passing	            96
  5		Passes Attempted	     6
  4		Passes Completed	     5
 83		Yards Lost Penalties	    20

CHICAGO, November I, 1963--- Halfback Ken Waldrop's spectacular broken-field running, capped by a 17yard touchdown dash with just 81 seconds to play today brought Army back from behind to a 14-10 victory over Air Force.

Waldrop starred in the second service spectacle ever played in Chicago's vast Soldier Field.

Even though President Kennedy canceled his appearance at the last minute, the classic drew 76,660 fans to watch the 2,500 corpsmen from each school in 45-degree temperature under sunny skies.

Army put on the show, but it took Waldrop's brilliant running in the final half to give the favored Black Knights their sixth win-against one loss. It was the third defeat against four wins for Air Force, which has yet to beat another service academy.


Waldrop, Army's leading ground-gainer sparked the Black Knights from behind with a 78-yard punt return to the Air Force one with only five minutes left in the third period. He got the touchdown on a one-yard plunge.

After Air Force retaliated to go ahead again, Waldrop powered a 65-yard drive for the Cadets. He carried four times for 34 yards, including the 17-yard touchdown jaunt.

Dick Heydt, Amy's placekicking specialist, converted after both touchdowns. But he missed his first field-goal try in six attempts in the-first period in Army's best scoring effort until Waldrop took charge.

Air Force's Terry lsaacson completed a 47-yard pass to Fritz Greenlee to set up a one-yard scoring plunge by Isaacson for the Falcons' only touchdown. Bart Zoladay kicked a 36-yard field goal for the Falcons' other points.


Air Force got across the 50 into Army territory only four times, one drive, stopping on the Cadets' 40, and the other on the 39 when Ray Hawkins intercepted Isaacson's pass.

Carl Stichweh, Army's signal-caller, had one pass intercepted, by Joe O'Gorman, before Holaday's field goal. But he gained five yards on four completions in eight attempts while Isaacson hit only five of 16 tries for 86 yards.

Army's rushing line limited the Air Force to only 73 yards on the ground while Waldrop, who carried 76 yards in 15 tries, and his mates crashed through the Falcons for 246 yards.

	Army 		0 0 7 7-14 
	Air Force 	0 3 0 7-10

SCORING-AF-FG Holaday 36. Army-Waldrop I plunge Heydt kick. AF-Isaacson I plunge Holaday kick. Army-Waldrop 17 run Heydt kick.

Attendance: 76,660.

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