WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Never mind all the records. Army quarterback Trent Steelman wants only one thing as he stares at his last college game — to beat Navy.
Army (2-9) has struggled against its service academy rivals for what must seem like eons to the Black Knights. For the first time since 2005, both teams enter the 113th game in this storied rivalry with wins over Air Force, and the winner will decide who gets the Commander In Chief’s Trophy, emblematic of supremacy among the three schools.
Navy (7-4) beat Air Force 28-21 in overtime in early October and Army beat the Falcons 42-21 at Michie Stadium last month. That halted Army’s 13-game losing streak in service academy games, and now the Black Knights are focused on winning the coveted hardware for the first time since 1996.
The 6-foot, 207-pound Steelman gives Army a legitimate chance this time. He’s the only player in school history to rush for more than 2,000 yards and pass for more than 2,000. He leads the team with 1,152 yards rushing, a season record for any Army quarterback.
The two academies meet on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
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