118th Meeting Between Army and Navy Set for Saturday in Philly
|GAME 12: Army (8-3) vs. NAVY (6-5, 4-4 American) | 2017 Media Center|
|When||Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 | 3:00 pm (ET)|
|Location||Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field|
|Television||CBS (Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)|
|Live Video Stream||CBS Sports|
|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. 83 / XM Ch. 83)|
|Live Stats||Navy Athletics|
|Game Notes||Navy | Army|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Army | AAC|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
Setting the Stage
• Army and Navy will meet in the greatest rivalry in all of sports on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field (69,176) in Philadelphia in the 118th playing of America’s Game, the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA. CBS Sports will televise the game nationally with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce on the call, while Westwood One will have the national radio call with John Sadak, Mike Mayock and Ross Tucker.
• Navy leads the all-time series, 60-50-7, including a 44-38-1 mark in Philadelphia and a 10-0 record at Lincoln Financial Field.
• The winner of the Army-Navy Game will take home the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major Service Academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States. Navy has won the trophy 10 of the last 14 years and the Mids are 25-5 over the last 30 games against Service Academy rivals Army and Air Force.
• This will be the first time since 2012 and the seventh time overall that the CIC Trophy will be on the line in the Army-Navy Game. The teams are 3-3 with the trophy on the line with Navy winning in 1978, 2005 and 2012, while Army won in 1972 (the inaugural year of the trophy), 1977 and 1996. Navy last won the CIC trophy in 2015, while Army last won it in 1996.
• The Army-Navy Game will feature the top two rushing offenses in the country. Army enters the game No. 1 at 368.1 yards per game, while Navy is No. 2 at 347.5.
• Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is in his 10th year at Navy, making him the longest-tenured coach in school history. Both George Welsh and Eddie Erdelatz served as head coach at Navy for nine seasons. With 83 career wins he is the winningest coach in school history. His eight wins against Army are tied for the most in Army-Navy history with College Football Hall of Fame Coach Army’s Earl Blaik, who was just 8-8-2 (.500) from 1941-58 against Navy.
• ESPN College Game Day will broadcast live from Philadelphia from 9:00 AM-12 noon right outside of XFinity Live, which is across the street from Lincoln Financial Field. Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and former Navy assistant Lee Corso will be on hand.
• CBS Sports Network will air Inside College Football: Army-Navy March-On presented by USAA from 12 noon to 1:30 PM and Inside College Football: Army-Navy Tailgate presented by USAA from 1:30-2:30 PM with hosts Dana Jacobson and Brent Stover and analysts Randy Cross, Houston Nutt and Cristian Fauria.
• WBAL Radio (1090 AM) will air a two-hour Navy Insider Show on Friday night from 8:00-10:00 PM with Keith Mills, Scott Wykoff and Brett Hollander.
• WBAL Radio (1090 AM) will air a two-hour Navy Insider Show on Saturday starting at 12 noon with Keith Mills and Brett Hollander.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air 1:00 PM.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with host Tim Murray will get underway at 2:00 PM on the Navy Radio Network, followed by game action beginning at 3:00 PM with Pete Medhurst, Tom O’Brien and Joe Miller on the call on the Navy Federal Navy Radio Network.
• Following the contest, Medhurst, O’Brien, Miller and Murray will recap the day’s events in a 30-minute postgame show.
Game Day Festivities
• The March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:16 PM.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 12:46 PM.
• The Service Academy Exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:50 PM.
• The Golden Knights and Leap Frogs will jump at 2:53 PM (weather permitting).
• The National Anthem will take place at 3:05 PM.
• The Navy fly-over will be at 3:12 PM and will feature three FA-18 Super Hornets and one FA-18 Hornet from the “Fighting Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO ONE THREE, the “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron THREE SEVEN, the “War Party” of Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SEVEN, and the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO THREE. All four aircraft are based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. These FA-18s conduct offensive air operations from the flight decks of the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) and USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) against both land and sea targets, provide for Carrier Strike Group defense, and conduct sustained air operations around the world.
• The Army fly-over will be at 3:12:45 PM.
• Kickoff is set for 3:15 PM. There is a chance for a five minute slide starting at 2:15 PM.
• Lee Greenwood will be on hand at halftime to sing Proud to be an American.
• Following the game, the alma mater of the losing team will be played with both teams standing at attention, followed by the alma mater of the winning team. It is the greatest tradition in all of sports.
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy will be presented to the winning team on the field following the singing of the alma maters.
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army West Point, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy 10 of the last 14 years and winning 25 of the last 30 Service Academy games against Air Force and Army West Point in the process.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 15 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
• When there is no clear-cut winner, the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.
• The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals. Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army West Point Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble. The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on a plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.
• Army has had an outstanding season, posting an 8-3 record. The Black Knights own victories over Fordham (64-6), Buffalo (21-17), UTEP (35-21), Rice (49-12), Eastern Michigan (28-27), Temple (31-28 OT), Air Force (21-0) and Duke (21-16). They have losses against Ohio State (38-7), Tulane (21-17) and North Texas (52-49).
• Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw is the straw that stirs the drink, rushing for 1,472 yards and 11 touchdowns on 189 carries. He is 115 yards behind Napoleon McCallum to become the all-time leading rusher in a single season in Service Academy history.
• Bradshaw, however, isn’t the only weapon in the backfield for the team that is leading the country in rushing (368.1 yds/gm). Fullback Darnell Woolfolk has rushed for 668 yards and 11 touchdowns, while fellow fullback Andy Davidson has 517 yards and four touchdowns on 94 carries. Slot back Kell Walker has carried the ball 76 times for 553 yards and six touchdowns.
• Army has attempted the fewest passes in the country with 60 attempts, completing just 18 with five interceptions. Walker is the leading receiver with five catches for 111 yards.
• James Nachtigal leads Army with 87 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks. Cole Christiansen has been in on 73 tackles and five tackles for a loss.
• Kicker Blake Wilson is 3-7 on field goals, while Nick Schrage is averaging 44.4 yards per punt.
• Army is not only the top rushing team in the country, it also ranks first in third down conversions (.529), second in fewest tackles for a loss allowed (3.00), third in fewest turnovers lost (nine), fourth in passing yards per completion (18.61), fourth in time of possession (34:00), fourth in red zone defese (.700), fifth in blocked kicks (five), eighth in fewest penalty yards per game (37.73), seventh in fewest fumbles lost (four), ninth in blocked punts (two), 16th in fewest penalties per game (4.45), 21st in fourth down conversions (.640), 21st in net punting (40.21) and 24th in kickoff return defense (18.80).
• Individually, Bradshaw is fourth in rushing yards per carry (7.79), seventh in rushing yards per game (133.8) and 23rd in all-purpose yardage (133.82). Wunmi Oyetuga is tied for third in blocked kicks (two), Javhari Bourdeau is tied for 10th in punt returns for a touchdown (one), Kenneth Brinson is tied for 23rd in fumble recoveries (two) and Alex Aukerman is 22nd in tackles for a loss per game (1.3).
• Army and Navy have played three common opponents with each team going 2-1 against those opponents.
• Army lost at Tulane, 21-17; Navy beat Tulane at home, 23-21. Army beat Temple at home in overtime, 31-28; Navy lost at Temple, 34-26. Army won at Air Force, 21-0; Navy beat Air Force at home, 48-45.
Navy to Face Virginia in 10th Anniversary Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
• The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, announced last Sunday that Navy and Virginia have accepted invitations to play in the 10th anniversary Military Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
• “We are thrilled to renew this regional matchup in our 10th anniversary game,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Navy and Coach Ken Niumatalolo annually show that they deserve a place in college football’s upper echelon and we are happy to welcome Virginia back to the postseason. Congratulations to Coach Bronco Mendenhall for the work he has done turning around the Cavaliers. We look forward to a great Bowl Week in Washington and another awesome gameday in Annapolis.”
• Navy (6-5) will be making its third appearance in the Military Bowl. The Mids lost to Wake Forest, 29-19, in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in 2008 and beat Pittsburgh, 44-28, in the 2015 Military Bowl in Annapolis.
• “Exposure to the great city of Washington with all of its historic attractions will be a wonderful experience for our Midshipmen,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “Then with the main event on our home turf against a successful team from the ACC completes what I call the total postseason package. You combine those two factors and it’s easy to see why the Military Bowl was the top possible bowl for Navy to play in this year. Thanks to Steve Beck and his staff and of course Commissioner Mike Aresco and Scott Draper of the American Athletic Conference for all their hard work over the last month.”
• “Our players are excited about the opportunity to play one last game in what is hallowed ground at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium,” said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. “Having the opportunity to represent the American Athletic Conference against a team from the ACC makes it even more exciting. The 34 seniors that will be playing their last football game for Navy deserve to play in front of a full house at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium one final time.”
• This will be the 14th bowl appearance in 15 years for Navy, which concludes its regular season by playing Army on Saturday in Philadelphia.
• Led by a group of seniors focused on setting a “New Standard,” Virginia (6-6) will be making its first bowl appearance since 2011. It will be the Cavaliers’ first-ever appearance in the Military Bowl. The Cavaliers own victories over William & Mary (28-10), UConn (38-18), Boise State (42-23), Duke (28-21), North Carolina (20-14) and Georgia Tech (40-36). The Cavaliers lost to Indiana (34-17), Boston College (41-10), Pitt (31-14), Louisville (38-21), Miami (44-28) and Virginia Tech (10-0).
• This will be the 40th meeting between the two schools, but the first since 1994. Navy leads the all-time series, 28-11, but Virginia is riding a five-game winning streak in the series, beating the Midshipmen annually from 1990 to 1994, including a 47-10 victory in Annapolis on Sept. 10, 1994.
• Virginia’s coach at that time was George Welsh, who guided the Cavaliers from 1982 to 2000 and is the all-time winningest coach in school history. Welsh previously coached Navy from 1973 to 1981 and his 55 victories at Navy are second only to current Midshipmen coach Ken Niumatalolo.
• Navy fans can purchase tickets to attend the Military Bowl or donate tickets right now at https://goo.gl/MP2D9H or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY during business hours. Ticket prices are $80 for the lower level, $60 for the upper level and $25 for standing room only. Donated tickets are $60 and will be given to either midshipmen or enlisted personnel in the area.