BOSTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Naval Academy and the University of Notre Dame match-up last Saturday was nearly the ultimate display of on-field discipline and sportsmanship: zero penalties in a game. But for a single pass interference infraction against the Fighting Irish, the two schools almost achieved the perfection necessary to win the Liberty Mutual Insurance "Million Dollar Game."
Navy, the third-least penalized team in the FBS (formerly Division I-A), is the 15th team in all four NCAA divisions this season to play a penalty-free game. If two teams are able to do so in the same game for the remainder of the regular season, Liberty Mutual Insurance will donate a total of $1 million (up to $500,000 per team) to a charity selected by each school.
Penalty-free achievements this season:
- Manchester College (Ind.), September 2, vs. Trine College
- Eastern Michigan, September 4, vs. Army
- Ole Miss, September 4, vs. Jacksonville State
- Crown College (Minn.), September 4, vs. Carleton College
- Saint John's (Minn.), September 4, vs. Northwestern College
- Rockford College (Ill.), September 11, vs. Loras College
- Ohio State, September 18, vs. Ohio
- Merchant Marine Academy (N.Y.), September 25, vs. St. Lawrence
- Springfield College (Mass.), September 25, vs. Alfred
- Emporia State (Kansas), October 2, vs. Nebraska-Omaha
- Northwestern College (Minn.), October 2 vs. MacMurray College
- University of Central Missouri, October 16 vs. Missouri Western State University
- Heidelberg University (Ohio), October 16 vs. Mount Union University
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, October 16 vs. Wisconsin White-Water
- U.S. Naval Academy, October 23 vs. Notre Dame
Quick penalty stats at a glance*:
- You can win by playing responsibly and with discipline… Wisconsin has the second fewest penalties in FBS (27) and currently ranks tenth in the BCS, ninth in the Associated Press and USA Today polls; Ohio State has the sixth fewest penalties in FBS (32) and currently ranks 11th in BCS, 10th in Associated Press and 10th in USA Today polls.
- The FBS (Division I-A) teams with the fewest penalties as of October 25 are: Penn State (25); Wisconsin, Navy (27); Northern Illinois, Indiana, UCF (29)
- The FCS (Division I-AA) teams with the fewest penalties as of October 25 are: Bucknell (40); Delaware (43); Chattanooga (51); Wofford, Furman (52); Citadel, Southeast Missouri State, South Dakota State (54)
About the Million Dollar Game:
The "Million Dollar Game" is a unique opportunity to celebrate college football teams across Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), Division II and Division III who play penalty-free for an entire 2010 regular season game. If a regular season game is completed in which neither team commits an on-field penalty, Liberty Mutual Insurance will donate a total of $1 million (up to $500,000 per team) to a charity selected by each school. If more than one game is completed penalty-free, the million-dollar donation will be split among all winning schools' charities. Pioneering the pursuit of sportsmanship, discipline and responsibility on the field, the quest for the penalty-free game is taking place for the first time during the 2010 season in conjunction with the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which honors the coaches who give back to their teams, schools and communities, on and off field, with sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence. For additional information visit www.coachoftheyear.com.
* According to penalty stats on ESPN.com as of Monday morning, October 25, 2010.
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