1977 William & Mary Indians football
1977 record6–5
Head coachJim Root (6th year)
Home stadiumCary Field
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Date Opponent Site Result
September 3 Norfolk State Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 27–13  
September 10 at Virginia Military Institute Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia L 13–23  
September 17 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, Pennsylvania L 6–28  
September 24 at Louisville Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky W 21–7  
October 1 Villanova Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 28–8  
October 8 vs. Virginia Tech City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (Tobacco Bowl) L 8–17  
October 22 at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 17–42  
October 29 Rutgers Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 21–22  
November 5 at The Citadel Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, South Carolina W 14–13  
November 12 vs. East Carolina Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) W 21–17  
November 19 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 29–13  
"12th Man Tackle"

In October 1977, William & Mary met heavily-favored East Carolina in the Oyster Bowl. In the fourth quarter ECU led by three points. During the game's final seconds, William & Mary quarterback Tom Rozantz broke loose and ran for the end zone. Jim Johnson, a former head coach for the ECU football team, who was described by The Virginian Pilot as "a portly 65-year-old gentleman in a raincoat," ran from the sidelines and threw a block tackle on Rozantz before he could score the winning touchdown. The unusual turn of events silenced the screaming William & Mary fans, and the officials gathered to discuss their course of action. After deliberation, the play was ruled a touchdown.[1][2]


  1. Coach Jim tackled a lot in life, but one was most memorable, The Virginian Pilot, December 1, 2004, retrieved February 3, 2009.
  2. Pirate Alumni newsletter June 23, 2008, retrieved March 13, 2011.
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