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Army–Navy Game
Originated 1890
Most recent 2008
Continuity 79 years
Meetings 109
Series leader Navy (53–49–7)

Army Black Knights
(49)
1891 1899 1901 1902
1903 1904 1908 1913
1914 1915 1916 1922
1924 1925 1927 1930
1931 1932 1933 1935
1937 1938 1944 1945
1946 1947 1949 1953
1955 1958 1964 1966
1968 1969 1971 1972
1977 1984 1986 1987
1988 1990 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 1998
2001













Navy Midshipmen
(53)
1890 1892 1893 1900
1906 1907 1910 1911
1912 1919 1920 1921
1934 1936 1939 1940
1941 1942 1943 1950
1951 1952 1954 1957
1959 1960 1961 1962
1963 1967 1970 1973
1974 1975 1976 1978
1979 1980 1982 1983
1985 1989 1991 1997
1999 2000 2002 2003
2004 2005 2006 2007
2008














Ties (7)
1905 1923 1926 1948 1956 1965 1981
Game not held (10)
1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1909 1917 1918 1928 1929
For the annual match in British rugby, see Army Navy Match.
The Army–Navy Game is an annual college football game between the teams of the United States Military Academymarker (USMA) at and the United States Naval Academymarker (USNA) at . The USMA team, "Army", and the USNA team, "Navy", each represent their services' oldest officer commissioning sources. As such, the game has come to embody the spirit of the interservice rivalry of the United States Armed Forces.

It is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football. The game is nationally televised by CBS, having previously aired on ABC from 1992–1995. Instant replay made its debut in the 1963 Army-Navy game.

The most recent game in the series was held at Lincoln Financial Fieldmarker in on December 6, 2008. Navy won by a score of 34-0. It was the first shut-out in the series in 30 years and marked the seventh consecutive win by Navy. Navy now leads the alltime series with a record of 53 wins, 49 losses, and seven ties.

History

The Army–Navy Game, commencing in 1890, has been held at several locations throughout its history, but has most frequently been played in Philadelphiamarker, roughly equidistant from the two academies. Historically played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the game is now played on the first Saturday in December and is traditionally the last game of the season for both teams and, until the recent advent of conference championship games, it was the last regular-season game played in Division I-A football. With the permanent expansion of the regular season to 12 games starting in 2006, many regular-season games join the Army–Navy Game on the same weekend. However, starting in 2009, the game will be moved from the first Saturday in December to the second Saturday; this means that it will no longer conflict with conference championship games and will once again become the last regular-season contest in college football.

This game has inter-service "bragging rights" at stake; in past decades, when both Army and Navy were often national powers, the game occasionally had national championship implications. However, as top-level college football has developed into primarily a training ground for the National Football League, the high academic entrance requirements, height and weight limits, and the military commitment required has reduced the overall competitiveness of both academies. In fact, the 1996 game was the only one since 1963 game in which both Army and Navy entered with winning records.

Despite the fact that Army and Navy are no longer nationally competitive on a regular basis, the tradition of the game has ensured that it remains nationally televised to this day. Arguably, one of the great appeals of this game to many fans is that since few, if any, of the participants will ever play in the NFL, they're playing solely for the love of the game. Due to commitments to serve in their respective branches of the armed services after graduation, many players are simply deemed too old and or out of "playing shape" to even consider playing competitively again, much less in the professional ranks. Many have other post-service ambitions that would preclude such a career or they simply don't want to pursue it. A small number have tried; most are out of the NFL within two or three seasons. However, quarterback Roger Staubach (Navy, 1965) went on to a Hall of Famemarker career with the Dallas Cowboys that included being named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI. Wide receiver and kickoff/punt returner Phil McConkey (Navy, 1979) was a popular player on the New York Giants' squad that won Super Bowl XXI. Running back Napoleon McCallum (Navy, 1985) was able to concurrently serve his commitment to the Navy and play for the then-Los Angeles Raiders. After satisfying his Navy commitment, he joined the Raiders full time. Sadly, his career was ended by a gruesome knee injury suffered in a game against the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.

The game is especially emotional for the seniors, called "first classmen" by both academies, since it is typically the last competitive football game they will ever play. (The 1996 game was an aberration, as both Army and Navy went to bowl games afterwards, and Navy has played in a bowl game in each season since 2003.) During wartime the game is even more emotional because some seniors will not return once they are deployed. For instance, in the 2004 game, at least one senior from the class of 2003 who was killed in Iraq, Navy's J. P. Blecksmith, was remembered. The players placed their comrade's pads and jerseys on chairs on the sidelines. Much of the sentiment of the game goes out to those who share the uniform and who are overseas.

At the end of the game the alma maters of the losing team and then the winning team are played and sung. The winning team stands alongside the losing team and faces the losing academy students; then the losing team accompanies the winning team, facing their students. This is done in a show of mutual respect and solidarity.


The rivalry between Annapolis and West Point, while friendly, is intense. Even the mascots (the Navy Goat and Army Mule) have been known to play jokes on each other. The Cadets live and breathe the phrase "Beat Navy", while Midshipmen have the opposite dinned into them. Even the weight plates in the Navy weight room are stamped with the phrase "Beat Army". They have become a symbol of competitiveness, not just in the Army–Navy Game, but in the service of their country, and are often used at the close of (informal) letters by graduates of both academies.

Occasionally, the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, awarded to each season's winner of the triangular series between Army, Navy, and Air Force, will be at stake in this game. For most of the 1970s, Navy had held the trophy. After a period of flux for most of the 1980s, Air Force dominated the competition until the early 2000s. Navy has now reestablished itself as the dominant team in the rivalry, having won every game against its service academy rivals since losing in 2002 to Air Force.

The rivalries Army and Navy have with the Air Force Academy are much less intense than the Army-Navy rivalry, primarily due to the relative youth of the Air Force Academy, and the physical distance between Air Force and the other two schools, with Air Force Academy being located in Colorado Springsmarker. The Army-Air Force and Navy-Air Force games are played at the academies' regular home fields, rather than at a neutral site, although Navy has occasionally moved its home games with Air Force to FedEx Fieldmarker in Landover, Marylandmarker and M&T Bank Stadiummarker in Baltimoremarker.

The 34-0 Navy victory over Army on December 6, 2008, was the first shutout in the series since 1978 and marked the second time a Navy coach defeated Army in his first year of coaching, following Wayne Hardin in 1959.

Venues

Despite the game being played over 109 times, only 6 of those games were held on the main grounds of either academy. The last time this took place was during a short home-away series for the 1942-43 seasons. The rest of the games have been played at a neutral site. Traditionally, the game is played in Philadelphia, PA, due to the historic nature of the city and the fact that it is approximately halfway between West Pointmarker and Annapolismarker. Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadiummarker (JFK) hosted more matchups than any other venue in the history of the series, even hosting the game years after the 1971 construction of nearby Veterans Stadiummarker, which finally became the game's host in 1980. Franklin Fieldmarker, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvaniamarker, hosted the game in the early 20th century before it was moved to JFK. New York's Polo Groundsmarker holds the record for most games hosted outside of Philadelphia. The city of Baltimore, MDmarker, has hosted a number of games throughout the history of the series.

The Rose Bowl Stadiummarker is the only site west of the Mississippi River to host the Army-Navy game; it did so in 1983. The city of Pasadena, Californiamarker, paid for the travel expenses of all the students and supporters of both the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy — 9,437 in all. A substitute, however, for Bill XXII — the Navy mascot — and four rented Army mules were brought in. The attendance was 81,000. The game was held at the Rose Bowl that year because there are a large number of military installations and servicemen and women, along with many retired military personnel, on the West coast.

Currently the game is played primarily at Lincoln Financial Fieldmarker in Philadelphia, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. Every four to five years the game is held at a site other than Philadelphia. These sites rotate between Giants Stadiummarker in East Rutherford, New Jerseymarker (scheduled to be replaced by a newly constructed Meadowlands Stadiummarker in April 2010), and M&T Bank Stadiummarker in Baltimore, Maryland. These are still considered neutral-site games, but provide locations that are closer to one academy or the other.

Future venues

In 2008, a bidding process began for the game site, as well as a search for a corporate sponsor.Starting in 2009, the Army–Navy Game will be held on the second Saturday of December, instead of the first. The move means the game will not be played simultaneously with any conference championships and will make it the final game of the Division I FBS regular season.

The 2009 game will be held on December 12, at Lincoln Financial Fieldmarker in Philadelphiamarker.CBS recently continued television coverage of the Army–Navy Game with a contract extending through 2018.

On June 9 2009, Navy announced sites for all Army–Navy Games through 2017. The 2011 game will be held at FedExField; the 2014 and 2016 games will be at M&T Bank Stadium; and all other games during that period will be at Lincoln Financial Field.

Total games per city

Location Games
Philadelphiamarker, PAmarker 81
New Yorkmarker, NYmarker 11
Baltimoremarker, MDmarker 4
East Rutherfordmarker, NJmarker 4
Annapolismarker, MDmarker 3
West Pointmarker, NYmarker 3
Chicagomarker, ILmarker 1
Pasadenamarker, CAmarker 1
Princetonmarker, NJmarker 1


Year-by-year results

Army victories are shown in ██ gold, Navy victories in ██ blue, and tie games in ██ silver.

Year Winner Score Location City Series
1890 Navy 24–0 U.S.marker Military Academymarker West Point, NYmarker Navy 1-0
1891 Army 32–16 U.S.marker Naval Academymarker Annapolis, MDmarker Tied 1-1
1892 Navy 12–4 U.S. Military Academy West Point, NY Navy 2-1
1893 Navy 6–4 U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, MD Navy 3-1
1894 No game played
1895 No game played
1896 No game played
1897 No game played
1898 No game played
1899 Army 17–5 Franklin Fieldmarker Philadelphia, PAmarker Navy 3-2
1900 Navy 11–7 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Navy 4-2
1901 Army 11–5 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Navy 4-3
1902 Army 22–8 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Tied 4-4
1903 Army 40–5 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 5-4
1904 Army 11–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 6-4
1905 Tie 6–6 Osborne Field Princeton, NJmarker Army 6-4-1
1906 Navy 10–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 6-5-1
1907 Navy 6–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Tied 6-6-1
1908 Army 6–4 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 7-6-1
1909 No game played
1910 Navy 3–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Tied 7-7-1
1911 Navy 3–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Navy 8-7-1
1912 Navy 6–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Navy 9-7-1
1913 Army 22–9 Polo Groundsmarker New York, NYmarker Navy 9-8-1
1914 Army 20–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Tied 9-9-1
1915 Army 14–0 Polo Grounds New York, NY Army 10-9-1
1916 Army 15–7 Polo Grounds New York, NY Army 11-9-1
1917 No game played
1918 No game played
1919 Navy 6–0 Polo Grounds New York, NY Army 11-10-1
1920 Navy 7–0 Polo Grounds New York, NY Tied 11-11-1
1921 Navy 7–0 Polo Grounds New York, NY Navy 12-11-1
1922 Army 17–14 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Tied 12-12-1
1923 Tie 0–0 Polo Grounds New York, NY Tied 12-12-2
1924 Army 12–0 Municipal Stadiummarker Baltimore, MDmarker Army 13-12-2
1925 Army 10–3 Polo Grounds New York, NY Army 14-12-2
1926 Tie 21–21 Soldier Fieldmarker Chicago, ILmarker Army 14-12-3
1927 Army 14–9 Polo Grounds New York, NY Army 15-12-3
1928 No game played
1929 No game played
1930 Army 6–0 Yankee Stadiummarker Bronx, NY Army 16-12-3
1931 Army 17–7 Yankee Stadium Bronx, NY Army 17-12-3
1932 Army 20–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 18-12-3
1933 Army 12–7 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 19-12-3
1934 Navy 3–0 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 19-13-3
1935 Army 28–6 Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Army 20-13-3
1936 Navy 7–0 Municipal Stadiummarker Philadelphia, PA Army 20-14-3
1937 Army 6–0 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 21-14-3
1938 Army 14–7 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 22-14-3
1939 Navy 10–0 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 22-15-3
1940 Navy 14–0 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 22-16-3
1941 Navy 14–6 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 22-17-3
1942 Navy 14–0 Thompson Stadium Annapolis, MD Army 22-18-3
1943 Navy 13–0 Michie Stadiummarker West Point, NY Army 22-19-3
1944 Army 23–7 Municipal Stadium Baltimore, MD Army 23-19-3
1945 Army 32–13 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 24-19-3
1946 Army 21–18 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 25-19-3
1947 Army 21–0 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 26-19-3
1948 Tie 21–21 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 26-19-4
1949 Army 38–0 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 27-19-4
1950 Navy 14–2 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 27-20-4
1951 Navy 42–7 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 27-21-4
1952 Navy 7–0 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 27-22-4
1953 Army 20–7 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 28-22-4
1954 Navy 27–20 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 28-23-4
1955 Army 14–6 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 29-23-4
1956 Tie 7–7 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 29-23-5
1957 Navy 14–0 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 29-24-5
1958 Army 22–6 Municipal Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 30-24-5
1959 Navy 43–12 Philadelphia Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 30-25-5
1960 Navy 17–12 Philadelphia Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 30-26-5
1961 Navy 13–7 Philadelphia Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 30-27-5
1962 Navy 34–14 Philadelphia Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 30-28-5
1963 Navy 21–15 Philadelphia Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 30-29-5
1964 Army 11–8 John F. Kennedy Stadiummarker

Philadelphia, PA Army 31-29-5
1965 Tie 7–7 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 31-29-6
1966 Army 20–7 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 32-29-6
1967 Navy 19–14 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 32-30-6
1968 Army 21–14 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 33-30-6
1969 Army 27–0 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 34-30-6
1970 Navy 11–7 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 34-31-6
1971 Army 24–23 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 35-31-6
1972 Army 23–15 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 36-31-6
1973 Navy 51–0 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 36-32-6
1974 Navy 19–0 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 36-33-6
1975 Navy 30–6 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 36-34-6
1976 Navy 38–10 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 36-35-6
1977 Army 17–14 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 37-35-6
1978 Navy 28–0 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 37-36-6
1979 Navy 31–7 John F. Kennedy Stadium Philadelphia, PA Tied 37-37-6
1980 Navy 33–6 Veterans Stadiummarker Philadelphia, PA Navy 38-37-6
1981 Tie 3–3 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Navy 38-37-7
1982 Navy 24–7 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Navy 39-37-7
1983 Navy 42–13 Rose Bowlmarker Pasadena, CAmarker Navy 40-37-7
1984 Army 28–11 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Navy 40-38-7
1985 Navy 17–7 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Navy 41-38-7
1986 Army 27–7 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Navy 41-39-7
1987 Army 17–3 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Navy 41-40-7
1988 Army 20–15 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Tied 41-41-7
1989 Navy 19–17 Giants Stadiummarker East Rutherford, NJmarker Navy 42-41-7
1990 Army 30–20 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Tied 42-42-7
1991 Navy 24–3 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Navy 43-42-7
1992 Army 25–24 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Tied 43-43-7
1993 Army 16–14 Giants Stadium East Rutherford, NJ Army 44-43-7
1994 Army 22–20 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 45-43-7
1995 Army 14–13 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 46-43-7
1996 Army 28–24 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 47-43-7
1997 Navy 39–7 Giants Stadium East Rutherford, NJ Army 47-44-7
1998 Army 34–30 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 48-44-7
1999 Navy 19–9 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 48-45-7
2000 Navy 30–28 PSINet Stadiummarker Baltimore, MD Army 48-46-7
2001 Army 26–17 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia, PA Army 49-46-7
2002 Navy 58–12 Giants Stadium East Rutherford, NJ Army 49-47-7
2003 Navy 34–6 Lincoln Financial Fieldmarker Philadelphia, PA Army 49-48-7
2004 Navy 42–13 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA Tied 49-49-7
2005 Navy 42–23 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA Navy 50-49-7
2006 Navy 26–14 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA Navy 51-49-7
2007 Navy 38–3 M&T Bank Stadiummarker Baltimore, MD Navy 52-49-7
2008 Navy 34–0 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA Navy 53-49-7


Notable games

In both the 1944 and 1945 contests, Army and Navy entered the game ranked #1 and #2 respectively. The 1945 game was labeled the "game of the century" before it was played. Army defeated a 7-0-1 Navy team 32-13. Navy's lone tie was against Notre Dame.

See also



References

  • A Civil War: Army Vs. Navy–A Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry, by John Feinstein, ISBN 0-7881-5777-9
  1. President Bush will attend Army-Navy game for first time since 2004, ESPN, November 18, 2008, retrieved January 23, 2009.
  2. City passes on Army-Navy football game, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 19, 2008, retrieved January 24, 2009.
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  10. Games Where #1 Faced #2 (kiko13.com)
  11. Middies All Hepped Up to Knock Over Cadets. Los Angeles Times, November 27, 1945. Navy, far from conceding next Saturday's football "game of the century" to Army, will field a spirited, offense-minded team determined to win and "not merely hold down the score," Public Relations Chief Lt. William Sullivan said today.


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