Dec. 7, 2002: "It felt like a dream out there," Navy quarterback Craig Candeto says after leading the Midshipmen past Army, 58-12, before an announced 78,672 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Candeto runs for six scores and passes for one as Navy (2-10) sets a record for most points scored in the 103-game series. Army finishes 1-11.

Dec. 1, 1986: Saying he is fed up with antiquated Byrd Stadium, Bobby Ross resigns as Maryland football coach after a five-year run in which he led the Terps to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships. Six days later, Navy fires its coach, Gary Tranquill, whose five-year record is a dismal 20-34-1. Ross and Tranquill are replaced by Joe Krivak and Elliot Uzelac, respectively.

Dec. 6, 1978: Wilde Lake quarterback Jim Traber is named The Sun's high school football Player of the Year. A two-sport athlete, Traber later turns to baseball and spends parts of four seasons with the Orioles.

Dec. 1, 1975: More than 150 jubilant fans greet the University of Baltimore's NCAA Division II champion men's team on its arrival at Friendship Airport at 1 a.m. Coach Dick Edell's Bees are returning from Washington State, having defeated Seattle Pacific, 3-1, for the title as Pete Caringi scored two goals.

Dec. 4, 1965: Morgan State's undefeated football team holds Florida A&M to zero net yards in winning the 33rd Orange Blossom Classic, 36-7, in the Orange Bowl. Clarence Scott scores twice and intercepts three passes for coach Earl Banks' Bears (9-0), who are also led by Willie Lanier, their Little All-America linebacker.

Dec. 7, 1968: South Carolina plays its starting five the entire game in a 79-67 ACC victory over visiting Maryland. Will Hetzel's 19 points lead the Terps.

Dec. 6, 1959: Colts coach Weeb Ewbank rips quarterback Johnny Unitas for throwing a scoring pass late in the game in a 34-14 victory at San Francisco. "I know it sounds silly to second-guess a touchdown play, but to gamble when you have a victory in your hand is wrong," Ewbank says. "I just hope I impressed Unitas with the idea."

Dec. 7, 1935: In a football game that decides the state college championship, Maryland defeats Western Maryland, 22-7, at Baltimore's Municipal Stadium. The Terps' Bill Guckeyson passes for one touchdown and returns an interception 48 yards for another. All proceeds go toward building Western Maryland's new field house.

Birthday

Dec. 3, 1937: Bobby Boyd, former Colts cornerback and three-time All-Pro whose 57 interceptions are tied for 12th in NFL history.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com