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|1947 Football Highlights
After losing to Yale and Penn, Columbia University, under the direction of Lou Little, entered their home game against Army (on October 25) as 13½-point underdogs. Trailing the Cadets 20-7 at halftime, the Lions rallied to win the game 21-20, thanks in large part to Bill Swiacki's pass catching skills. Columbia's win ended Army's streak of 32 games without a loss (30 wins, 2 ties).
Notre Dame, under the direction of Frank Leahy, defeated Army 27-7 on November 8. The game was memorable because it was the first time Army had ever played on Notre Dame's home field, and because the two teams announced that they had mutually agreed to end the "rivalry" that had existed between them since 1913.
1--Notre Dame (9-0)
A New York World-Telegram poll named Michigan's Fritz Crisler Football Coach of the Year. Matty Bell of Southern Methodist came in second, Lynn Waldorf of California was third, and Notre Dame's Frank Leahy was fourth.
Notre Dame quarterback Johnny Lujack (below) was chosen as All-American quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy. After a two-year hiatus from Notre Dame due to service in the Navy, Lujack led the Fighting Irish to a 9-0 record for his senior year, during which he completed 61 of 109 passes for 777 yards and 9 touchdowns and ran 139 yards on 12 carries.
Marion Motley of the
Cleveland Browns, carries the ball in the All-American
Conference Championship Game against the New York
Yankees, December 14. The Browns won the game, which was
played at Yankee Stadium, 14-3.
A high-block foul is
called, spoiling a pass in the first quarter of the
National League Championship Game at Comiskey Park on
December 28. The game between the Chicago Cardinals and
the Philadelphia Eagles ended in a 28-21 victory for the
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