A win today by the Black Knights would give them sole possession of the Commander in Chief's trophy, and snap a record of futility against the Mids, spanning a decade. YNN Sports Director Marisa Jacques joins us from Philadelphia with a peek at Army's battle plan.
PHILADELPHIA -- Beyond pride and bragging rights, the teams are also playing for the Commander in Chief's Trophy. The trophy goes to the winner of the triangular series between Army, Navy and Air Force.
Because each of these teams already beat Air Force this season, the winner of this one takes home the trophy.
The trophy was first given out in 1972 when Air Force began annual matchups with Army and Navy.
Army took home the first Commander In Chief’s trophy and they've won it 6 times. Navy has won it 12 times and Air Force 18 times. Four times, the award has been shared, with the previous season’s winner retaining the trophy.
"We definitely want it. And we want it really bad. It's an opportunity to bring back a CIC trophy, to beat Navy for the first time since 2001, and to leave that legacy as a senior class for the people to come after us to follow. Definitely, a great opportunity - something we're all looking forward to,” said Brandon Whittington, Army senior defensive back.
"The reason we want this the most. It's means more to us than just a game. This is for everybody in the Armed Forces, and the Army," said Joshua Jackson, Army senior cornerback.
The Black Knights haven't won the Commander in Chief’s trophy since 1996. They clinched it by beating Navy 28-24 at the old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.