It was the first ever meeting in the 112 year history of the Army/Navy football classic that the two teams battled on a field inside the Washington Beltway. It was only fitting though on the week we commemorated the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; that the two military academies faced each other near D.C. The games have been played in Philadelphia 85, New York 11, Baltimore 4, East Rutherford, NJ 4, Annapolis 3, and West point 3 times.
Although President Obama attended today’s game, he couldn’t help Army break a nine game losing streak to Navy. The president watched on as Navy beat Army 27-21. Navy now has a 56-49-7 record against Army in the 112 games the two teams have played. This is no doubt that this is the best rivalry game in all of sports, barring none. The CBS sports poll showed that over 50% felt it was the best rivalry in college football. In this writer’s humble opinion, there is no better, nor no more traditional rivalry in all of sports than Army/Navy football.
It looked like it would be another laugher. In the previous nine games, Navy won by an average of 25 points. Navy got off to a quick 14-0 lead. Army made a game of it and scored two second quarter touch downs in a 1:46 span. Navy took the opening drive to start the second half and scored to make it 21-14. Army then answered and tied it 21-21. Navy scored a field goal with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter to make it 24-21. On the ensuing kickoff, Army fumbled the ball back to Navy at the 30. Navy was able to convert it into three and make it a 27-21.
With the score of 27-21, Army moved within Navy’s 30 yard line with under four minutes remaining, but couldn’t convert on fourth down. Navy took over and ran the clock down to six seconds before punting the ball back to Army. Navy held on to win 27-21.
Although it was another great victory for Navy, the bottom line for these great young men is that they will soon serve as brothers in arms to protect America. Since the Iraqi and Afghanistan Wars began, 84 West Point Graduates have lost their lives. God Bless these fine young men and God Bless America!!!!