Dec. 14, 2013
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A sold-out crowd of 65,612 was at Lincoln Financial Field for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA
Navy holds a slight edge in the overall series (58-49-7) and when the game is played in Philadelphia (42-38-4).
Injured Army senior running back Raymond Maples, a Philadelphia native (West Philadelphia Catholic H.S.) accepted the game ball from the Army marathon team.
Army wore Nike Pro Combat Uniforms, modeled after its “dress gray” cadet dress. The gray pants and white jersey were a tribute to Gen. Winfield Scott, a long-time general who served in the heat of the War of 1812. This marked the third consecutive season Army wore special uniforms for its service academy match up with Navy
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel flipped the game coin. The coin was supposed to be used by President John F. Kennedy in the 1963 game at Municipal Stadium. After JFK was assassinated the game in 1963 was delayed for seven days. After the contest, Navy captain Tom Lynch received the coin from Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance.
The 115th meeting between Army and Navy will be played Dec. 13 at M&T Park in Baltimore, Md. America’s Game returns to Philadelphia Dec. 12, 2015.
Saturday marked the first time the Army-Navy Game was played during an accumulated snowstorm. Lincoln Financial Field workers used blowers and shovels at halftime to clear yardlines and sidelines. The majority of the second half was played in a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Center Ryan Powis started his 19th consecutive game and the 29th of his career, the most of anyone on the offense.
Army started the same five men on the line for every game this season: Michael Kime (left tackle), Stephen Shumaker (left guard), Powis, Zach Reichert (right guard) and Justin Gilbert (right tackle).
Army did not score on its opening possession, just the fifth time this year Army has not scored on its first possession. Army scored a touchdown five times and kicked two field goals on its initial possession this season.
A.J. Schurr made his first career start at quarterback. Schurr appeared in four previous games in a reserve role.
Angel Santiago, who started the previous 11 games, entered the contest on Army’s third possession.
Santiago scored his 10th rushing touchdown of the season, a four-yard run in the third quarter.
Larry Dixon, who missed the Hawai’i game with a wrist injury, returned to the starting lineup at fullback and played with his left wrist in a cast.
Terry Baggett finished the season with 1,113 yards rushing, the ninth highest total in Academy history. Baggett passed Charlie Jarvis, who collected 1,110 yards in 1968 and trails Doug Black, who posted 1,148 yards during the 1984 season.
Baggett has rushed 168 times in his career for 1,304 yards, a 7.76 average yards per carry which ranks second behind Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis (8.26)
Jarrett Mackey made the 28th start of his career and has started 11 straight games.
Mackey forced a fumble in the first half, his second of the season. He made a team-best 11 tackles, the second time in his career he posted 10 or more stops.
Army moved junior Geoffery Bacon back to “mike” linebacker. Bacon played linebacker for two seasons and was moved to free safety this season. Bacon played seven games this season at free safety before being moved back to linebacker vs. Navy and made eight tackles.
Bacon moved into 22nd position all-time at the Academy with 259 tackles. Chuck Schott (1976-78) and Larry Carroll (1980-83) each has 259 and are tied for 20th. Bacon passed Dhyan Tarver (254) and Steve Erzinger (2008-11).
Hayden Pierce was listed as the starter at free safety with Bacon’s move and made three tackles. Pierce played in the previous 10 games at free safety, eight of them in a starting capacity.
Defensive captain Thomas Holloway returned to the lineup at “rover” after missing the Hawai’i game with an infection. Holloway made eight tackles, despite a painful shoulder injury.
Daniel Grochowski converted his one point-after touchdown attempt and finished the season 37-for-37, the seventh highest PATs made in Academy history.
Grochowski is the sevent player with at least 35 attempts to convert each opportunity and the first since J. Parker was 40-of-40 in 1996.