The 122nd Army-Navy game kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
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This year’s reunion will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and will honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Last year’s game was moved from Philadelphia to the United States Military Academy’s Michie Stadium at West Point due to coronavirus restrictions and attendance limits on outdoor events in Pennsylvania.
Navy leads the streak 61-53-7, including a record 14-game winning streak from 2002-2015, but Army has won four of the last five meetings, its best streak since the early 1990s. The Midshipmen won two years ago, 31-7, as senior quarterback Malcolm Perry rushed for a career-high 304 yards and scored two touchdowns to end Army’s three-game winning streak.
Army won last year’s game, 15-0, to claim its first Navy shutout since 1969 and the rivalry’s first shutout since Navy’s 35-0 victory in 2008. The Black Knights have limited the contenders to just four first downs and 117 total yards. Then-Marine quarterback Xavier Arline ran for 109 yards, including a 53-yard run deep into enemy territory. The Black Knights stuffed the Mids at the goal line to preserve the shutout.
The army is favored to beat the navy by 7 points. The plus-minus is 35 points. The Prospects are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
Navy is 3-8 this season. The Midshipmen lost their first three games to Marshall, Air Force and Houston before beating Central Florida on Oct. 2 for their first victory. However, Navy lost its next three games to SMU and Memphis before battling then-No. 2 Cincinnati over in a 27-20 loss. The Mids upset Tulsa on the road before losing to Notre Dame and East Carolina, but entered the rivalry game on a high after beating Temple, 38-14, on Nov. 27.
Navy, which is traditionally among the top three teams in the nation in rushing, is seventh this season with an average of 228.7 yards per game. They threw for just 599 yards and the offense is struggling, averaging just 20.4 points per game. Fullback Isaac Ruoss leads the team in rushing yards with 608 yards with five touchdowns, while lungeback Carlinos Acie has 546 yards and two touchdowns on just 57 carries. Sophomore quarterback Tai Lavatai, who has started most of the season, completed 30 of 55 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 309 yards and five touchdowns on 150 carries for a average of 2.1 yards per carry.
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Army is 8-3 this season. After starting the season 4-0, the Black Knights lost their next three games to Ball State, Wisconsin and Wake Forest. However, they enter this year’s rivalry game on a four-game winning streak that began with a 21-14 overtime win over service academy rival Air Force. The Army is averaging 35.5 points per game and is second in the nation behind the Air Force in rushing, averaging 301.2 yards per game. Running backs Tyrell Robinson and Jakobi Buchanan and quarterbacks Christian Anderson and Tyhier Tyler each have over 400 rushing yards this season.
Army will face Missouri in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The army will retain at least the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy, which it won last year with victories over the navy and air force. The Black Knights beat the Air Force, 21-14 in overtime, on November 6 to secure at least a share of this year’s title. Defeating Navy will give Army the outright championship for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
ESPN’s “College GameDay” will air live from 9 a.m. to noon at MetLife Stadium’s J lot featuring Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Gene Wojciechowski, Jen Lada and Chris Fallica. This is the eighth time “College GameDay” will visit the Army-Navy game.
CBS will broadcast the game with Brad Nessler providing play-by-play, Gary Danielson handling color commentary and Jamie Erdahl serving as a sideline reporter.
Westwood One will broadcast radio with John Sadak, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio-McKearney. The game will air on 325 Westwood affiliates and on SIRIUSXM Channel 84.
Additionally, capitalgazette.com will have live coverage of the game. For updates inside the stadium, follow Navy Beat reporter Bill Wagner on Twitter at @bwagner_capgaz.