1977 Army Cadets football team

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1977 Army Cadets football
ConferenceIndependent
1977 record7–4
Head coachHomer Smith (4th season)
Home stadiumMichie Stadium
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 NCAA Division I Independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame           11 1 0
No. 5 Penn State           11 1 0
Colgate           10 1 0
No. 16 San Diego State           10 1 0
Tennessee State           8 1 1
No. 14 Florida State           10 2 0
North Texas State           10 1 0*
No. 8 Pittsburgh           9 2 1
East Carolina           8 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
Army           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 1
Boston College           6 5 0
Cincinnati           5 4 2
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Memphis           6 5 0
Northwestern State           6 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
Southern Miss           6 5 0
Temple           5 5 1
Hawaii           5 6 0
Navy           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
South Carolina           5 7 0
Utah State           4 7 0
Villanova           4 7 0
Illinois State           3 7 1
Virginia Tech           3 7 1
Indiana State           3 7 0
Miami (FL)           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Tulane           3 8 0
Air Force           2 8 1
Holy Cross           2 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           2 9 0
  • North Texas State (originally 9–2–0) awarded a forfeit win after UCLA was found to be using an ineligible player.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Army Cadets represented the United States Military Academy during the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. They claimed the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight season.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 10UMassW 34–1022,101
September 17VMI
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, New York
W 27–1426,664
September 24at Boston CollegeL 28–4919,200
October 1Colorado
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, New York
L 0–3134,548
October 8Villanova
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, New York
W 34–3230,618
October 15vs. Notre DameL 0–2472,594
October 22Lafayette
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, New York
W 42–628,277
October 29Holy Cross
  • Michie Stadium
  • West Point, New York
W 48–741,376
November 5at Air ForceW 31–634,338
November 12vs. Pittsburgh
  • Giants Stadium
  • East Rutherford, New Jersey
L 26–5235,387
November 26vs. NavyW 17–1481,091

[2]

Personnel[edit]

1977 Army Black Knights football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 82 Clennie Brundidge Jr
  Mike Fahnstock Fr
RB 43 Greg King
QB 16 Leamon Hall (C) Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT Chuck D'Amico (C)
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Mike Castelli
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game summaries[edit]

UMass[edit]

Army's win over UMass was the 500th in school history. Leamon Hall threw five touchdown passes, including three to freshman Mike Fahnstock.[3]

Villanova[edit]

1 234Total
Villanova 14 0018 32
Army 0 7720 34
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Michie Stadium • West Point, New York

[4]

Navy[edit]

Army vs. Navy
1 234Total
Navy 0 770 14
Army 7 1000 17

Army finished with its first winning season since 1972.[5]

Stats[edit]

  • QB Leamon Hall – 151/265 for 1,944 yards with 15 TD vs 17 INT[6]
  • RB Greg King – 177 carries for 961 yards with 7 TD
  • RB Jim Merriken – 99 carries for 447 yards with 4 TD. 35 catches for 350 yards with 2 TD
  • TE Clennie Brundridge – 51 catches for 842 yards with 4 TD
  • DL Dan Sartin; 10 sacks

Awards[edit]

  • Homer Smith – Eastern Coach of the Year (New York Football Writers Association) [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1977-standings.html
  2. ^ 2011 Army football media guide
  3. ^ 2011 Army football media guide
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1977 Oct 9.
  5. ^ "Cadets Hold Off Middies." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Nov 27.
  6. ^ http://www.totalfootballstats.com/Team_College.asp?id=55&Season=1977
  7. ^ 2011 Army football media guide.