Army-Navy Rivalry Authors New Chapter On Saturday

Trent Steelman

Trent Steelman

Dec. 6, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army and Navy will resume their storied rivalry on Saturday when the two service academies meet in Philadelphia. Kickoff for the 113th installment of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, which will be contested inside Lincoln Financial Field, is slated for 3:10 p.m. EST.

The Commander in Chief's Trophy will be up for grabs on Saturday after each team knocked off Air Force earlier this season. Army is seeking its first outright CIC title since 1996.

The game will be televised nationally on CBS with Verne Lundquist (play by play), Gary Danielson (color analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter) calling the action.

Coverage of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will get under way at 12 p.m., when CBS Sports Network hosts Inside College Football: Army-Navy March-On presented by USAA. The 90-minute program will air both academies' march-ons. Coverage continues at 1:30 p.m., when CBS Sports Network hosts Inside College Football: Army-Navy Tailgate presented by USAA. The hour-long show will originate from Headhouse Plaza inside the gates of Lincoln Financial Field. The coverage transitions to CBS at 2:30 p.m., for the network's 30-minute pregame show, College Football Today. The comprehensive pregame program will take fans right up to kickoff, just after 3 p.m.

The Army Sports Network will have the audio call of the game on its flagship station WABC (770-AM), as well as WALL (1340-AM) and WEOK (1390-AM), SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channel 86) and Knight Vision. Rich DeMarco (play by play), Dean Darling (color analyst) and Tony Morino (sideline reporter) will cover the game on the Army Sports Network.

Live statistics for the contest will be offered via GameTracker by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com). In-game Twitter updates will be provided from the Black Knights' official football handle (@Army_Football). A live blog will also be offered.

Army, which suffered a 63-32 setback to Temple in its last contest on Nov. 17, has lost two straight games since upsetting Air Force on Nov. 3. The Black Knights enter Saturday's matchup versus Navy with a 2-9 record.

Navy (7-4) is coming off a 21-10 victory over Texas State on Nov. 17. The Midshipmen, who have won six of their last seven games, will finish the season with a matchup versus Arizona State at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 29.

Navy, which owns a 10-game winning streak versus Army, holds a 56-49-7 edge in the all-time series. The Midshipmen took a 27-21 decision from the Black Knights last season. Army's last win over Navy dates back to a 26-17 verdict in 2001.

Army head coach Rich Ellerson, who is in his fourth season at West Point, owns a 0-3 all-time record versus the Midshipmen. Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is 4-0 all-time against Army.

Saturday's showdown features two of the most prolific rushing offenses in the country. Army enters the contest as the national leader in rushing yards per game (369.8), while Navy is ranked sixth (285.5).

Army's offense, which is averaging 25.3 points per game, is directed by senior quarterback Trent Steelman. The fourth-year signal has rushed for 1,152 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He has also thrown for 619 yards and one score

Junior running back Raymond Maples ranks second on the team with 1,059 rushing yards, giving him consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Sophomore fullback Larry Dixon, meanwhile, lists second on the team with six rushing touchdowns and third on the squad with 778 rushing yards.

Sophomore wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence, who has caught at least one pass in eight consecutive games, leads the Army receiving corps with 18 receptions for 313 yards. Junior wide out Patrick Laird lists second on the team with 11 catches for 125 yards.

Army's defense is giving up 37.0 points and 439.2 yards of total offense per contest. Sophomore linebacker Geoffery Bacon leads Army's defense with 122 tackles. He enters the Navy game ranked seventh nationally in tackles per game (11.09). Freshman safety Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires lists second on the squad with 83 tackles. Senior linebacker Nate Combs leads the team with 6.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. He ranks 25th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.33) and tied for 33rd in sacks per game (0.67).

Navy's offense, which is averaging 25.5 points per game, is led by freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds. The first-year QB has accounted for a total of 17 touchdowns, having rushed for nine scores and passed for another eight.

Senior slotback Gee Gee Greene has been productive both as a runner and as a receiver this season. The dynamic playmaker, who has scored a total of five touchdowns, leads Navy with 750 rushing yards and 280 receiving yards.

Senior wide receiver Brandon Turner leads Navy with 19 receptions and ranks third on the team with 248 receiving yards. He also tops the Midshipmen with three receiving touchdowns.

The Navy defense is allowing 23.5 points per game and 386.3 yards of total offense per contest. The Midshipmen are led by senior safety Tra'ves Bush, who has made a team-best 76 tackles this season. Senior linebacker Keegan Wetzel, meanwhile, tops the squad with 13.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks. He lists tied for 38th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.18).

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