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Navy and Air Force to Meet for the 50th Time on the Gridiron

Oct. 2, 2017

GAME 5: NAVY (4-0, 3-0 American) vs. Air Force (1-3, 0-2 Mountain West) | 2017 Media Center
 When Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 | 3:30 pm (ET)
 Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Stadium Parking & Fan Guide | Directions
 Tickets Buy Online | 1-800-US4-NAVY
 Television CBS Sports Network (Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Jenny Dell)
 Live Video Stream Navy Athletics - SUBSCRIPTION
 Listen Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller, Tim Murray) - WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM; Annapolis) | WFED (1500 AM, 820 AM; Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia) | WBQH (1050 AM; Washington, DC / Northern Virginia) | ESPN/XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WJXL 1010 AM (Jacksonville, Fla.) | KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle, Wash.) | Satellite Radio (Sirius Ch. 102 / XM Ch. 202)
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Setting the Stage

• Navy and Air Force will meet for the 50th time in series history when they square off on Saturday afternoon in the first leg of the chase for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in front of what could be a record crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). The stadium record for attendance is 38,205 set in 2013 against Air Force.  Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM (ET).
• Navy has won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy 10 of the last 14 years and has won 24 of the last 29 Service Academy games against Air Force and Army.
• The winner of the Navy-Air Force game has won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy every year since 1997.
• The winner of the turnover battle has won the Navy-Air Force game in each of the last five years. Navy is +10 in the three games it has won (+3 in 2012, + 3 in 2013 and +4 in 2015) and Air Force is +4 in the two games it has won (+2 in 2014 and +2 in 2016).
• Saturday’s presenting sponsor is USAA supported by milCloud 2.0 by CSRA. As the presenting sponsor of this week’s matchup, USAA invites all fans in attendance to visit its tent and enter the USAA Ultimate Upgrade. Two winners with one guest each will win VIP field access during the second quarter followed by upgraded seats to the Clubs at Akerson Tower.
• Standing room only tickets (hill) are all that remain for Saturday’s contest. They can be purchased in advance at or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor and Jenny Dell on the call.  
• WBAL Radio (1090 AM) will air a two-and-a-half hour preview show before the 60-minute network pregame show beginning at 12 noon with Keith Mills and Scott Wykoff live from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:30 PM.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Tim Murray will get underway at 2:30 PM, followed by game action beginning at 3:30 PM on the Navy Radio Network.  
• Following the contest, Medhurst, Miller and Murray will recap the day’s events in a 30-minute postgame show.

Game Day Festivities
• The Navy football team will arrive at the Blue Angel on the West (Blue) side of the stadium at approximately 1:00 PM. The team will walk down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking to the tunnel. Fans are invited to stand on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer on the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:08 PM.
• The National Anthem will take place at 3:19 PM, followed by a flyby at the end of the National Anthem by four Boeing F/A-18F Superhornets from the “Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron 32 based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.  In the lead aircraft - Lt. Kyle “Judas” Webber, USNA Class of 2011, and Cmdr Wade “FLIB” Blizzard, Commanding Officer VFA-32, USNA Class of 1998.  In Dash-2 - Lt. Jeff “Marv” Davis, USNA Class of 2012, and Lt. Bill “Dorothy” Adams, USAFA Class of 2007.  In Dash-3 - Lt. Andrew “Mr. Tumnus” Weatherholt, USNA Class of 2012, and Lt. Matt “Syndrome” Lindeman, USNA Class of 2012.  In Dash-4 - Lt. j.g. Ryan “Streetmeat” Furtner, USNA Class of 2012, and Capt. Christopher “Newg” Boyle, Commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, USNA Class of 1992.  The Swordsmen are attached to Carrier Air Wing Three and returned from a combat deployment onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in December 2016.
• The Service Academy Exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen that are spending the semester at the other school will take place at 3:23 PM.
• Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 3:32 PM. Please note, there is a chance kickoff and all activities noted above (outside of the Mids Walk) could be pushed back by five minutes if the first game on CBS Sports Network is running long. That decision will be made before the 60-minute clock starts at 2:32 PM.
• The Naval Academy Athletic Association will be honored between the first and second quarter by Patriot League Commissioner Jennifer Heppel for winning the Patriot League Covias Presidents’ Cup for the fourth consecutive year and for the fifth time in the last six years. Navy accumulated 151 points to earn the overall crown, followed by Bucknell (146) and Boston University (143). The Mids, Bison and Terriers have finished in that order in each of the last three years.  Lehigh (133.5) finished fourth, while Army West Point (130.75) was fifth. Navy has led the Patriot League in titles won in five of the last six years and has won at least six titles in each of those years.  The Mids have amassed 43 crowns over that time, which is more than double the tally of the school with the next-highest total (Bucknell, 21).  Navy has won a league-best 27 titles in the four years since Boston U. and Loyola joined the league (Boston is second with 18).
• At halftime, both the Naval Academy and Air Force Academy bands will perform.
• The pilots from the fly-by will be recognized between the third and fourth quarter.  
• Following the game, both teams will stand at attention for their respective alma maters, losing team first followed by the winning team.  It is one of the best traditions in all of sports.

Recruiting Colorado
• Navy has one player from the state of Colorado on its roster. Senior linebacker and special teams player Winn Howard is from Monument.

Scouting Air Force
• The Falcons enter Saturday’s game with a 1-3 record against some stout competition.
• Air Force beat VMI, 62-0, in the opener, before dropping games at No. 7 Michigan (29-13), No. 22 San Diego State (28-24) and New Mexico (56-38).
• Quarterback Arion Worthman has rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 46 percent of his passes for 396 yards and six touchdowns. He has thrown just one interception.
• Tim McVey is the Falcons’ leading rusher with 278 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries.
• Worthman’s favorite target is Geraud Sanders, who has caught seven passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns.
• Jack Flor leads the Air Force defense with 34 tackles.
• Kicker Luke Strebel is 4-5 on field goals, while punter Charlie Scott is averaging 44.0 yards per punt.



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