Annual Army-Navy Football Game Set for Saturday in Philly
Dec. 9, 2013
Setting the Stage
Army and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the 114th time when the two square off on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field (68,532) in Philadelphia. Kickoff is set for 3:10 pm.
A victory by Navy would give the Mids the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons. Navy has won the trophy 13 times overall. Should Army win the contest, Navy, last year's Commander-In-Chief's Trophy winner, would retain the trophy since all three Service Academy teams would have split their games against each other (Navy beat Air Force and Air Force beat Army). When all three teams split, the previous year's winner keeps the trophy but they do not visit the White House.
Navy enters the contest looking to defeat Army for a series-record 12th straight year. Prior to Navy's historic run, the longest winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1890, was five games (by both teams). Navy has outscored Army, 366-125, during its 11-game winning streak. The Mids have not only won 11-straight from the Black Knights, but have won 13 of the last 14 and 14 out of the last 16 games. Army's only wins over the last 16 years came in 2001 (27-16) and in 1998 (34-30).
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is trying to become just the second coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 6-0 record against Army. Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point from 2002-07.
CBS Sports Network will air the Army-Navy Preview Show presented by USAA on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 pm, as the show looks ahead to the Army-Navy game with news and analysis.
CBS Sports Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game. INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY MARCH ON presented by USAA (12:00-1:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE presented by USAA (1:30-2:30 pm, ET). Hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia by analysts Randy Cross, Aaron Taylor and Houston Nutt, as well as special guests from the academies. The MARCH-ON SPECIAL features the March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto Lincoln Financial Field, while ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis.
CBS Sports kicks off its coverage at 2:30 pm with COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, followed by the 114th playing of the Army-Navy game at 3:00 pm with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
Westwood One has the national radio rights and will broadcast the game nationally with John Tautges, James Lofton and Lewis Johnson on the call. Westwood One will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:00 pm.
The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 1:00 pm with Graham Whaples, Wiley Baker, Chloe Gunther and Joe Miller.
The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Omar Nelson and Joe Miller will get underway at 2:00 pm, followed by game action at 3:10 pm on the Navy Radio Network.
Following the contest, Miller, Medhurst and Whaples will recap the day's events in a 60-minute postgame show live on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM.
Game Day Festivities
The March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:16 pm.
The Brigade of Midshipmen will march on at 12:46 pm.
The exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:46 pm.
The Army Glee Club will sing the National Anthem at 3:00 pm.
The ceremonial coin toss will take place at 3:04 pm. The silver dollar that was to be flipped by President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia will be used for the coin toss 50 years later at the 2013 Army-Navy game. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963, eight days before he was scheduled to participate in the ceremonial coin toss on Nov. 30 in Philadelphia at the Army-Navy game. Though fans had been anticipating the Army-Navy game for months, it would have been cancelled had it not been for the late president's family insisting that President Kennedy would have wanted it played. Following a one-week postponement, Army-Navy would take place on Dec. 7. The game was a classic with Navy (9-1) edging Army (7-3), 21-15, thanks to three touchdowns by Navy fullback Pat Donnelly. Army had the ball at the Navy two-yard line when time ran out. A week after the win, an envelope showed up in the mailbox of Navy captain Tom Lynch. When he opened it, he found a silver dollar. Accompanying the coin was a letter from Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance telling Lynch he wanted him to have the coin. On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will have the honor of flipping that same coin.
At the conclusion of the game, the losing team will sing its alma mater in front of its respective student body with the winning team standing amongst them. The two teams will then move across the field where the winning team will sing its alma mater in front of its student body with the losing team respectfully standing amongst them. It is the greatest tradition in all of sports.
The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy
The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies -- Army, Navy and Air Force -- and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.
Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
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 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 AA plate gracing the respective academy's side of the trophy.
Service Academy Dominance
Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 20 of the last 22 meetings (.909) against Air Force and Army. The Mids have posted a 90-49 (.647) record since 2003, won eight CIC Trophies in the last 10 years and have gone to 10 bowl games in the last 11 years.
Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
Navy's 17-13 victory over Army in 2012 was its 11th consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
The Mids have won those 11 in a row against Army by outscoring the Black Knights, 366-125 (33.3-11.4). Navy has also won 13 of the last 14 and 15 of the last 17 games against West Point.
Army owns a 3-8 heading into Saturday's game against Navy. The Black Knights have earned victories over Morgan State (28-12), Louisiana Tech (35-16) and Eastern Michigan (50-25), while losing to Ball State (40-14), Stanford (34-20), Wake Forest (25-11), Boston College (48-27), Temple (33-14), Air Force (42-28), Western Kentucky (21-17) and Hawai'i (49-42).
Army is led on offense by junior running back Terry Baggett, who has carried the ball 130 times for 1,072 yards (8.2 ypc) and eight touchdowns. The Black Knights are second in the country in rushing, averaging 323.6 yards per game.
Junior quarterback Angel Santiago has carried the ball 161 times for 638 yards and nine touchdowns, while completing 41 of his 83 pass attempts for 557 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman A.J. Schurr came off the bench and played exceptionally well against Hawai'i, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for 122 yards as he rallied Army from a 28-7 deficit to a 28-28 tie.
Freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss has had an impressive rookie campaign with 30 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown.
Thomas Holloway leads the Army defense with 59 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, while Geoffery Bacon has 55 stops. Army's defense is 34th in the country in passing yards allowed, giving up just 214.5 yards per game. Mike Ugenyi has forced three fumbles, which is ranked 23rd nationally.
Army is ranked sixth in the country in fewest penalties per game (3.73) and sixth in fewest penalty yards per game (30.91).
The Black Knights have done an excellent job of taking care of the football this year, turning it over just 14 times which is 13th best in the country.
Navy To Play Middle Tennessee State IN Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Navy (7-4) will play Middle Tennessee State (8-4) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 10:45 am (11:45 am in Annapolis) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University and will be televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio.
The Armed Forces Bowl is Navy's 19th bowl game all-time and the school's 10th in the last 11 years. This will be the fifth time that Navy has played in the state of Texas for a bowl game and the first since the Mids 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
The bowl game will mark the first meeting between Navy and Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders will enter the game having won their final five contests and scoring 40 or more points in four of their final five games.
Texas and Tennessee are two of Navy's most highly-recruited areas as the Midshipmen have 19 players from Texas and 10 from Tennessee.
Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now at: http://bit.ly/1bqibUX
Ticket prices are $30 (Lower Level & Upper Level End Zone), $40 (Upper Level Sideline), and $50 (Lower Level Sideline). The only way to sit with the Navy contingent is to buy your tickets through the Navy Ticket Office.
Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $50 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible.
The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30 percent discount on football season tickets for 2014 for every member that donates four or more tickets. Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30 percent discount on the 2014 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.