It has been a while since Army has come out of the rivalry with a victory over Navy. In fact, the Midshipmen have somehow managed to win the last 10 meetings, with many of those contests resulting in unwatchable blowouts.
In today's game, which will be played at 3 p.m. ET on CBS, the Black Knights must do whatever it takes to take back this historic rivalry that dates back to 1890.
What can Army do to pull off a victory?
The same thing the team has done in its only two victories of the year: Allow senior quarterback Trent Steelman to throw the football and make plays.
We all know that Army wants to run the ball heading into this game. The Black Knights are the No. 1 rushing team in the country, averaging well over 350 yards on the ground. When you have two players that have run for over 1,000 yards and another that has topped 700, you are obviously a committed running offense.
However, in the two games that the team has won, Steelman has made plays with his arm. His top two passing performances, 77 yards against Wake Forest and 100 yards against Air Force, have resulted in victories.
In last year’s game against Navy, Steelman had one of his better passing performances, completing 66 percent of his passes for 77 yards and a score. Although the Black Knights still lost the game, the six-point loss was the smallest margin of victory during the 10-game losing streak.
Army is a team that has only thrown the ball 110 times and has run the ball 739 times. However, Steelman has shown that he can be effective throwing the ball and catching the opposing defense off guard.
Making plays in the air will only help spread the defense out and make the already top rushing unit in the country that much more effective. The Navy defense has allowed more than four yards a carry on the ground, which bodes well for the Black Knights.
Heading into this matchup, the senior quarterback also wants to end his career the right way and lead his team to a victory, according to Joe Juliano of Philly.com.
"We've always talked about finishing our career the right way," Steelman said. "To bring that trophy back to West Point would be almost unimaginable because it hasn't been done in so long. To have that feeling and to share that feeling with all the other seniors would be something special."
In order to snap that long losing streak, it will be up to the signal-caller to lead the way.
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