Army Football Game Notes: The Navy Game

Trent Steelman will start his fourth straight Army-Navy game.

Trent Steelman will start his fourth straight Army-Navy game.

Dec. 3, 2012

Army vs. Navy Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Date: Dec. 8, 2012
Time: 3:10 p.m.
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field
Capacity: 68,532
TV: CBS
Series: Navy leads, 56-49-7
Last Meeting: Dec. 10, 2011
   Navy 27, Army 21

TELEVISION    
CBS
Play-by-Play: Verne Lundquist
Color Analyst: Gary Danielson
Sideline Reporter: Tracy Wolfson

ARMY RADIO    
Army Sports Network
Flagship: WABC (770-AM, New York, N.Y.)
Affiliates: WALL (1340-AM, Middletown, N.Y.);    WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.); WPLJ-HD3 (95.5-3 (HD)-FM, New York, N.Y.); WKXP* (94.3-FM,  Kingston, N.Y.);  WKDM^ (1430-AM, New York, N.Y.); WAZZ (1390-AM, Fayetteville, N.C. — Fort Bragg); WZZN (97.7-FM,  Huntsville, Ala. — Redstone Arsenal); KXCA (1380-AM, Lawton, Okla. — Fort Sill).

*will carry partial schedule, including Army-Navy game
^Spanish broadcasts

Play-by-Play: Rich DeMarco
Color Analyst: Dean Darling
Sideline: Tony Morino
Program Hosts: Joe Beckerle, John Minko

► The 90-minute “Army Football Tailgate Show,” begins at 10 a.m.

NATIONAL RADIO    
Dial Global Sports
Play-by-Play: John Tautges
Color Analyst: Terry Donahue
Sideline Reporter: Lewis Johnson

SATELLITE RADIO    
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
The Army Sports Network broadcast can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel TBA).

INTERNET STREAMING    
goARMYsports.com
► The entire Army Sports Network broadcast, including the “Army Football Tailgate Show,” will be streamed live (audio) via Knight Vision on www.goARMYsports.com each week. Subscription fees apply.

► The “This Week in Army Football,” show will be streamed live from the West Point First Class Club on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The event is available only to Knight Vision subscribers.

COACHING MATCH UP
ARMY HEAD COACH Rich Ellerson
  Alma Mater: Hawai’i, 1977
  4th Season at Army (17-31 .354)
  13th Season Overall (77-72, .517)
  Record vs. Navy: 0-3

The Last Meeting
Army21
Navy (112th Meeting)27
December 10, 2011
Landover, Md. (FedEx Field)
Navy Kicks Past Army, 27-21
Navy kicked two field goals in the final quarter and held off Army, 27-21, in the 112th meeting on Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 80,789 fans at FEDEX Field.

NAVY HEAD COACH KEN NIUMATALOLO
  Alma Mater: Hawai’i, 1989
  5th Season at Navy (39-25, .609)
  5th Season Overall (39-25, .609)
  Record vs. Army: 4-0

ARMY-NAVY HEADLINES
► Army and Navy will square off for the 113th time December 8 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The game returns to its most-played city after a one-year hiatus in the the Washington, D.C. area. Eighty-three (83) of the 112 prevous contests have been played in Philadelphia.
► This year’s game will serve as the deciding contest for the 2012 Commander In Chief’s Trophy. For the first time since 2005 both teams enter the game with wins over Air Force. The Black Knights have not hoisted the hardware since 1996.
► The Dec. 8 showdown will feature two of the top six rushing offenses in the nation this season. The Black Knights lead the country with 369.82 yards per game on the ground, while Mids are sixth at 285.45 rushing yards per contest.
► As a team, Army has run for 4,068 yards. It is the second-highest total in Academy history behind last year’s record total of 4,158. Army’s per-game average is on pace to break the record of 359.8 that has stood since the 1945 season. The Black Knights need 251 yards against Navy to break the rushing average mark.
► The Black Knights enter the annual rivalry match up with two 1,000-yard rushers. It is just the second time in Academy history Army has had two players reach the millenium mark. Senior QB Trent Steelman leads the team with 1,152 yards, a record for Black Knight quarterbacks, while junior RB Raymond Maples is second with 1,059 yards. The last Army duo to both reach the 1,000-yard mark was Doug Black and Nate Sassaman in 1984.
► Steelman and Maples enter the final game of the season as Army’s second most productive tandem ever. They have combined for 2,211 yards this season second only behind Mike Mayweather (1,338) and Willie McMillian (900) gained 2,238 yards in 1990.
► Steelman, on track to become the first modern era Army quarterback to start four times versus Navy, is on a record-setting run for the Black Knights. He has reached the 100-yard rushing mark in each of the past five games, breaking the Academy mark for consecutive 100-yard outings. Steelman ha seven 100-yard games this season. A 100-yard effort against Navy would tie the Black Knights’ single-season record of eight currently held by Mayweather (1990).
► Steelman rushed for three touchdowns last time out against Temple to break the Black Knights’ career record. The senior signal caller has found paydirt 44 times in his career, breaking the old record of 43 set by 1946 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis.
► Maples’ 1,000-yard season also puts him in select company. The Philadelphia native is just the third player in Army history to rush for 1,000 yards in at least two straight seasons. Mayweather did it three times (1988-90), while Carlton Jones was the last to accomplish the feat (2004-05).  

A WIN VS. NAVY WOULD …
► Snap Army’s two-game losing streak since defeating Air Force.
► Give Army possession of the Commander In Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1996.
► End the Black Knights’ 10-game losing streak against the Mids.
► End Army’s 12-game losing streak in games played away from West Point.
► Be the Black Knights’ first win at Lincoln Financial Field (0-9).
► Be Head Coach Rich Ellerson’s 18th win at West Point (17-31).

SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
► Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is in his fIfth season on the Mids’ sideline. He has posted a 39-25 record during his tenure and guided the Mids to four bowl games, including this season. He owns a 4-0 record against the Black Knights. Niumatalolo and Army head coach Rich Ellerson are quite familiar with one another. During Ellerson’s stint as Hawai’i’s defensive coordinator from 1987-91, Niumatalolo lettered three times at quarterback for the Warriors.
► Navy scored a 21-10 victory versus Texas State in its final game before Army on Nov. 17. The Mids took a 14-0 lead on two touchdown runs by Noah Copeland and never trailed by less than two scores for the remainder of the game. Gee Gee Greene added a 10-yard scoring run to cap the Mids’ scoring. Navy ran for 407 yards in the contest, led by Copeland’s 110. Greened added 71 rushing yards, while Darius Staten averaged 9.7 yards per carry (68 yds./7 att.). Defensively, Matt Warrick led the team with nine tackles. Keegan Wetzel and Kwazel Bertrand each had two tackles for loss in the victory.
► Navy boasts the nation’s sixth-best rushing offense at 285.45 yards per game. The Midshipmen average 394.09 yards and 25.45 points per game.
► Navy has three players that have run for at least 500 yards this season. Greene is team’s top ground gainer with 750 yards on just 104 attempts (7.2 per rush). He has three rushing scores, and is one of 10 different players to have scored a touchdown on the ground. Copeland has run for 592 yards and four scores, while rookie QB Keenan Reynolds owns 585 yards and a team-leading nine rushing touchdowns.
► Reynolds has played in all 11 games, starting the last six outings. he has completed 57.5 percent of his throws (46-80) for 754 yards and eight touchdowns versus just one interception. Trey Miller started the season as the Mids’ signal caller and has thrown for 376 yards and a score, completing 34 of his 58 throws.
► Brandon Turner has been the most frequent target in the passing game, catching 19 passes for 248 yards and three scores. Greene has 14 receptions and leads the team with 280 yards. He also has two scores through the air. Shawn Lynch (13), Casey Bolena (13) and Copeland (10) all have double-digit receptions.
► Defensively, Navy is allowing 386.27 yards and 23.55 points per game. Tra’ves Bush leds the team with 76 tackles and is tied for the team lead with four pass breakups. Keegan Wetzel leads the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, including six quarterback sacks. Matt Warrick has 73 tackles and a team-high three interceptions.
► On special teams, Nick Sloan has handled the placekicking duties. he is 9-for-13 on field goal tries with a long of 41. Pablo Beltran is averaging 45.1 yards per punt, but has been called on just 34 times in 11 games.
► Marcus Thomas is the team’s top kick returner, averaging 23.0 yards per attempt. Lynch has been the Mids’ primary punt returner, taking 11 kicks back for 103  yards (9.4).

THE ARMY-NAVY SERIES
► While Army enjoyed the upper hand against Navy during the majority of the decade of the 1990s, Navy has turned the tide in recent years. The Midshipmen have captured 13 of the last 15 meetings, including the past 10, to grab a 56-49-7 advantage in the classic rivalry. The Mids’ current 10--game winning streak is the longest in the series by either academy.
► Hard-fought Army victories were commonplace in the 1990s, with the Black Knights prevailing in seven of those 10 matchups. Those seven Army victories came by a TOTAL of just 24 points, with an amazing six-game stretch of Cadet wins decided by a TOTAL of only 14 points. The point differential over the course of the 112-game series stands at a rather microscopic 329 points (an average of 2.9 points per game). That figure stood at 92 entering the 2002 contest, but Navy has outscored Army 346-112 the last 10 years. The Mids blasted Army 58-12 in 2002, setting a series-record scoring total in the process, then followed with 34-6, 42-13, 42-23, 26-14, 38-3 and 34-0 victories. The series has become more competitive in the last three seasons with the Mids earning wins by the count of 17-3, 31-17 and 27-21.  Last season’s six-point margin was the closest since since Navy’s 30-28 victory in 2000.

ARMY AT LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD
► The annual Army-Navy tilt will be the Black Knights’ 10th appearance at Lincoln Financial Field.
► The Black Knights have never won in the facility. Army is 0-7 in the previous Army-Navy games played at Lincoln Financial Field, and lost to Temple during the 2009 and 2011 seasons.
► Army’s last win in the City of Philadelphia was in 2001. That game was the last Army-Navy tilt contested at Veteran’s Stadium.

TEN YARDS AND A CLOUD OF DUST
► The Army rushing offense is tied for the national lead in most rushes that cover at least 10 yards.
► The Black  Knights have 120 runs that have gained a minimum of 10 yards, Oregon has also had 120 such runs in 12 games.
► Army’s 31 runs of at least 20 yards ranks eighth in the country.
► Army’s 214 rushing first downs is tied for the national lead.

ROOKIES GET STARTING NODS
► Army has started at least three freshmen on defense in each of the last seven games. At  least three of the quartet made up of Chris Carnegie (CB),  Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires (FS) and Alex Meier (LB) and  T.J. Atimalala (DL) have been in the lineup every week since Sept. 22.
► Fusilier-Jeffires leads the group with 83 stops, including a career-high 15 tackles at Wake Forest. It was the highest tackle total by an Army player this season. For the season, he is second on the team in both total tackles and unassisted tackles (42). He made his first career interception against Air Force.
► Meier has 61 stops, the third best total on the team. He registered his first career interception, snuffing out an Eastern Michigan drive on the goal line. He returned the ball 65 yards.
► Carnegie has 47 total tackles, nine of which against Stony Brook. He is fifth on the team.
► Atimalala made 1.5 tackles for loss, the first of his career, versus Kent State. He has seven total tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.

USAA CONTINUES PRESENTING SPONSORSHIP
► The United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy announced in July 2009 that financial services leader USAA signed a 10-year agreement to be the presenting sponsor of the annual Army-Navy football game. USAA is among the premier providers of banking products, insurance, investments, and financial planning to current and former members of the U.S. military and their families – including the Cadets and Midshipmen from the two academies.


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