Navy To Play Its 1200th Football Game Saturday Against SMU

20Oct08 - The Naval Academy will play its 1200th football game Saturday afternoon
against SMU. Pardon the pun, but that is a boatload of games.

Most importantly, and what we honor at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
today, is the fact that over the course of those 1200 games, there has been
built not only one of the school's proudest traditions but one that has
earned a special place among all of college football. It stretches back to
1879 when the Naval Cadets, as they were then called, began the sport with a
scoreless tie against the Baltimore Athletic Club. That was the only game
that year and it was played under the prevailing rugby rules governing the
fledging ten-year old sport of college football.

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