Army, Alabama Share Championship Heritage

Doc Blanchard claimed the 1945 Heisman Trophy.

Doc Blanchard claimed the 1945 Heisman Trophy.

Jan. 8, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - With their victory in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, Alabama joined a distinguished list of football programs to have won at least three national championships in a four-year period. Since 1940, eight teams have accomplished the feat, beginning with Army's three straight titles in 1944-46.

Army's three titles include a number of milestones. Did you know?

... Using contemporary polls, Army lays claim to the national title in 1944, 1945 and 1946 with a combined 27-0-1 record. The only blemish in that span was the famous 0-0 tie with Notre Dame during the 1946 season. The Fighting Irish are one of the other teams that lay claim to the 1946 title.

... Beginning with the Black Knights' run, seven other teams have won at least three championships in a four-year period as chosen by polls and selection services, including Notre Dame (1946-47, 1949), Oklahoma (1953 , 1955-57), Alabama (1964-66, 1977-79, 2009, 2011-12), Ohio State (1968-70, 1973-75), Nebraska (1980-82, 1993-95, 1997), Miami (1986-91) and Florida State (1992-94).

... In addition to the national championships, the Black Knights also boasted two Heisman Trophy winners during their title run. Felix "Doc" Blanchard won Army's first Heisman in 1945 and Glenn Davis followed in 1946. Army is one of only three programs (Yale, 1936-37; USC, 2004-05) to claim back-to-back Heisman winners.

... A total of eight people that were associated with at least one of Army's three straight championships is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, including legendary head coach Earl "Red" Blaik, who posted a 121-33-10 record and won seven Lambert Trophy honors as the top team in the East during his 18 seasons. College Football Hall of Fame players include Blanchard, Davis, Doug Kenna, Joe Steffy, John Green, Barney Poole and Arnold Tucker.

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