The United States Army (5-8) riding a three-game win streak against Navy (10-2) looked to pull off an upset and send their class off with a perfect record against their rivals.
A rousing pre-game gala highlighted by a dynamic rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner and the President of the United States taking part in the opening coin toss had both cheering sections in a frenzy.
Navy won the toss and opted to defer to the second half.
The Army offense, struggling all day, was forced to go three and out.
Navy did not fare any better and followed suit.
Army proceeded to drive down the field and Christian Anderson put up the first and only touchdown to give Army a short-lived lead, 7-0.
Record-setting, Star of the Game, the Naval Academy’s Quarterback, Malcolm Perry kicked off his unreal performance and took off on a 55-yard scamper to get things even at 7-7.
Since they were in the City of Brotherly Love, The Midshipman decided to copy the Eagles and ran a “Philly Special” that was capped off by a touchdown pass from Chance Warren who found Jamale Carothers in the back corner of the end zone to close the half with up, 14-7.
Perry stole the show in the second half and, coupled with the stout Navy defense, ended the Army winning streak and bring the rivalry to a 61-52-7 in the ageless rivalry.
How dominant was the Navy offense? They gathered 395 yards on the ground, led by Perry’s 304 yards on 29 carries and Carothers who added 75 more.
-Army could only pick up 123 yards on 46 attempts.
-Perry set the All-Time Series record with his performance.