Navy Midshipmen 31, Army Black Nights 7
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On-site Reporting by Digital Sports Desk and Field Level Media
PHILADELPHIA – United States Naval Academy QB Malcolm Perry set Army-Navy Game career and single-game rushing records with 304 yards, to lead No. 23 Navy over Army for the first time since 2015.
Navy took the Commander-in-Chief Trophy back to Annapolis after their one-sided 31-7 victory on Saturday. Navy had previously beaten Air Force (34-25) and earned the honors for the 16th time.
Perry carried 29 times, including a 55-yard touchdown run in the early second quarter, to ignite Navy to 31 unanswered points. Perry concludes his time in the 129-year rivalry with 611 yards rushing over the last three games.
He put the finishing touches on the rivalry’s most lopsided decision in six years with a 15-yard touchdown rush.
Navy (10-2) used a stifling defense, ranked No. 17 nationally coming into Saturday’s matchup, to hold Army almost 200 yards below its per-game rushing average. The Black Knights finished with 123 yards on 47 carries.
Defensive tackle J’arius Warren routinely plugged running lanes, and capped his 11-tackle day forcing a fourth-quarter fumble that spoiled any hope of an Army rally.
With the defense shutting down Army, Navy’s offense took the lead seconds before halftime on a trick pass play.
Perry pitched the ball to Chance Warren, who lobbed a high floating pass to Jamale Carothers in the right side of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 14-7. It was just the ninth passing touchdown of the Midshipmen’s season
Carothers also scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
“This didn’t happen today,” said Navy head coach, “this happened back in January. The senior leadership and the commitment to be successful … I’m just so happy for this team and proud of them. (I) feel very blessed to be here at the Naval Academy to coach such good, humble kids.”
The Black Knights (5-8) won three straight in the series from 2016 through 2018 after losing the previous 14 in a row.
Army opened Saturday’s contest with the first score, a 5-yard Christian Anderson touchdown carry to cap an 18-play, 78-yard drive that consumed 10:41 of the first quarter.
Navy will face Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl on December 31.
–Field Level Media