1945 Navy Midshipmen football team

The 1945 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy during the 1945 college football season. In their second season under head coach Oscar Hagberg, the Midshipmen compiled a 7–1–1 record, shut out three opponents and outscored all opponents by a combined score of 220 to 65.[1][2] Navy was ranked #3 in the final AP Poll.

1945 Navy Midshipmen football
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports
APNo. 3
1945 record7–1–1
Head coachOscar Hagberg (2nd season)
CaptainDick Duden
Home stadiumThompson Stadium


September 29VillanovaW 49–0
October 6at DukeW 21–0
October 13Penn StateNo. 2
  • Thompson Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
W 28–0
October 20Georgia TechNo. 2W 20–6
October 27at No. 7 PennNo. 3W 14–7
November 3vs. No. 2 Notre DameNo. 3T 6–682,020
November 10No. 7 MichiganNo. 4
  • Municipal Stadium
  • Baltimore, MD
W 33–756,880
November 17WisconsinNo. 2
  • Municipal Stadium
  • Baltimore, MD
W 36–7
December 1vs. No. 1 ArmyNo. 2L 13–32
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


  1. ^ "Football History" (PDF). United States Naval Academy. p. 191. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Navy Yearly Results (1945-1949)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
Robert Hoernschemeyer

Robert James "Hunchy" Hoernschemeyer (September 25, 1925 – June 18, 1980) was an American football player. A native of Cincinnati, he played college football as a halfback for the Indiana Hoosiers football in 1943 and 1944 and as a quarterback for the Navy Midshipmen football team in 1945. He led the NCAA in both total offense and passing yards during the 1943 season.

He played professional football for ten years in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). He played for the Chicago Rockets and Brooklyn Dodgers from 1946 to 1948 and was among the AAFC leaders in multiple offensive categories and, when the league folded in 1950, Hoernschemeyer held the league record with 6,218 yards of total offense (4,109 passing yards and 2,109 rushing yards). He then played six years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions from 1950 to 1955. He was the Lions' leading rusher for four consecutive years and was a member of the club's 1952 and 1953 NFL championship teams. He played in the 1952 and 1953 Pro Bowls and was selected as a second-team All-Pro player in 1952 and 1953.

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