Army vs Citadel, 1964

In 1964, Army opened its 75th season of intercollegiate football by hosting The Citadel at Michie Stadium at West Point. It proved to be an easy one for the Cadets as they easily won the game, 34-0.


By Barney Kremenko

The New York World-Telegram and The Sun (now defunct)


APMY (34)                 The Citadel (0)

13         First Downs                 11
315        Yards Rushing              142 
62         Yards Passing               63
15         Passes Attempted            22 
 7         Passes Completed            12
75         Yards Lost, Penalties        5
WEST POINT, N.Y., Sept. 19, 1964 -Army went for the long ball as it opened its 75th football campaign by outclassing The Citadel, 34-0, before 17,500 at Michie Stadium this cloudy and somewhat chilly afternoon. Big slugger for the Kaydets was Rollie Stichwelh, their senior quarterback, who reeled off three touchdowns runs of 7, 29 and 94 yards in that order.

The 94-yarder, came early in the fourth quarter, in which the Long Islander, he's out of Williston Park - first cut to his right, then veered to the left to break into the clear and race home free. This was the only score of the second half after Army had trotted off for the intermission with a 28-0 lead.

Stichweh however wasn't alone in distance running today. A likely-looking sophomore, Fred Barofsky from LaGrange, Ill., opened the fireworks with a 72-yard scamper on the second play from scrimmage to give the Black Knights of the Hudson a quick sendoff. This payoff sprint marked the first time that Barofsky had ever carried the ball in his varsity career which must be termed a pretty good debut.

The fifth and remaining Kaydet score was made by second string quarterback Curt Cook, covering a modest three yards to climax a 43-yard drive 11 seconds from halftime. A hint of things to come was given by Stichweh right at the kickoff. He tucked the ball away on his 25 and high-stepped his way the full 75 Yards ahead to cross the enemy goal line.


However, this one was nullified via a clipping penalty, forcing Army to start all over again from its 22. It didn't matter, though. Two plays later Barofsky, on a reverse over left tackle, made it the rest of the way for his 72-yarder and a 7-0 lead. When less than three minutes later Stichweh returned a Punt for his 73-yarder, Paul Dietzel, who was launching his third year as Army coach, decided that was no way to make friends and influence people and used subs literally from thereon.


Nevertheless the Kaydets piled on two more touchdowns in the second quarter, the first on Stitchweh's 29 yard trot to cap a 66-yard push, and the other, via Cook's three-yard plunge after a 14-yard cook to Barofsky had set it up.

That was it until Stichweh unlimbered from the Army six-yard line and got out of everybody's reach at 2:40 for the final quarter.

For Stichweh it marked his scoring high, topping his previous best of two touchdowns against Navy last year.

The Citadel had one genuine scoring opportunity. This came midway in the second quarter on a recovered Army fumble only nine yards from the promised land.

Mike Lane, the visitors' fullback, battered his way two yards through the Army front defense to put the ball on the seven. But that's as far as the South Carolina military school could get.


From then on it was a case of retreat as the West Pointers mace surging through. When The Citadel finally gave up the ball, they had been pushed back to the Army 29.

In first downs, the statistics show the teams close, with Army having no more than a yardage the difference becomes noticeable, with the Black Knights charging 375 yards against 142 for the enemy.

Army tried 15 passes for seven completions and a total of 62 yards gained, but its overhead attack came late and appeared to be nothing more than target practice.

The Citadel, in fact, topped Army in the air with 63 yards, doing it on 12 completions in 22 tries.

	Army 	     14 14  0  6 -34
	The Citadel   0  0  0  0 - 0
Army--Barorfsky 72 run (Nickerson kick); Stichweh 74 punt return (Nickerson kick);
Stichweh 29 run (Nickerson kick);
Cook 3 run ( Hawkins kick);
Stichweh 93 run (kick failed).

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