It started to snow at noon, just over three hours before Army's scheduled 3:30 p.m. start at Michie Stadium against the Patriot League's Fordham. The prediction was for three to six inches of snow north and west of I287, the beltway that circles the New York metropolitan area and cuts across the Tappan Zee Bridge.
The storm proved worse than that.
Since West Point is west of the Hudson River, 30 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge, and elevated several hundred feet above the river, Michie Stadium received the full treatment of the storm, which brought January-like conditions to the area.
A sellout crowd of over 39,000 was expected at the game to see the last home game of the year at West Point while enjoying the peak of the fall foliage season in the Hudson Valley. Many Fordham alumni planned to make the drive to West Point to cheer on their team, which is beginning the slow process of attempting to move up in the world of college football by giving out full athletic scholarships.
Fordham had been a power in college football during the pre-World War II era under coach Jim Crowley. In 1940, the Rams were 8-1 and earned a trip to the Cotton Bowl, where they lost to Texas A&M, 13-12. In 1941, the Rams played to another 8-1 record and the Sugar Bowl, where they beat Missouri 2-0.
Army and Fordham last played in 1949, soon after the sport was "de-emphasized" at the Rose Hill campus.
This year, Army (2-5) came into the game after two consecutive road losses at Miami of Ohio and Vanderbilt. Fordham (1-6) gained 565 yards of offense but lost last week at Lafayette, 45-24.