Today's Army-Navy game

December 01, 2007|By SANDRA MCKEE

Matchup -- Navy (7-4) vs Army (3-8)

Time -- 12:16 p.m.

Site -- M&T Bank Stadium

TV -- Chs. 13, 9

Radio -- 1090 AM

Line -- Navy by 14

Series -- Navy leads 51-49-7

Last meeting -- Dec. 2, 2006, Philadelphia. Navy won, 26-14.

Navy offense vs. Army defense -- The Army defense, which ranks 115th against the run, will be trying to hold down Navy's triple-option attack, which has been too much for almost every team, from Notre Dame to North Texas. The Midshipmen, who rank 15th in total offense, are this game away from becoming the first team to lead the nation in rushing three consecutive years. The Mids are averaging a school-record 357.4 yards a game. Navy is also on a three-game winning streak that started with its 46-44, triple-overtime upset at Notre Dame, then continued with a 74-62 victory at North Texas that set multiple NCAA records and a somewhat - for Navy - ho-hum, 35-24 victory over Northern Illinois. Army is on a five-game losing streak and must find a way to slow Navy, which has averaged 40.1 points a game and has scored on 31 of its past 45 possessions, 27 of those scores being touchdowns.

Navy defense vs. Army offense -- Navy's defense isn't pretty, but it has come up with the big play when necessary. The Mids will need a few such plays in the secondary today, as Navy coach Paul Johnson says his team has to make the Black Knights run. That means breaking up the connection between Army quarterback Carson Williams, who had the first 300-yard passing game by an Army quarterback in four years Nov. 17 against Tulsa, and wide receiver Jeremy Trimble, who holds Army records for receptions (175), receiving yards (2,325) and touchdowns (15). The goal of the Army offense will be to hold on to the football as long as it can, something that hasn't been easy for a team that ranks 106th in turnovers with 29 lost this season. The Black Knights average 18.2 points a game, almost 22 fewer than Navy.

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