PHILADELPHIA — Army topped Navy 14-13 to win the 118th meeting between the two rivals.
Here are three takeaways from the Cadets’ victory:
1. Army makes it two in a row
Fourteen losses in a row — each of them heartbreakingly painful in one way or another — has led to two wins in a row for Army, which can add to its latest victory against Navy the program’s first Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since 1996. Yeah, this sort of run against the Midshipmen had been a long time coming. But it’s been in the works for years, ever since the university hired Jeff Monken to remake the program into an option-based team built in Navy’s image.
In wintry conditions, the two national rivals went about their business with near-matching game plans predicated on ball control, stiff defense and little passing, with the pair combining for just three throws. In the end, Army had just enough to edge past the Midshipmen, who had opportunities to put the game away in the fourth quarter but failed to capitalize. Navy looked like the better team for most of the matchup – but Army was better when it mattered.
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