Navy enters Saturday’s 112th Army – Navy game having won 11 of the last 12 contests against the Black Knights, including each of the last nine. The nine-consecutive wins mark the longest streak in series history by either team. The Mids have won nine in a row in dominant fashion, outscoring the Black Knights, 322-91 (35.8-10.1). The closest game was in 2006 when Navy defeated Army, 26-14, in Philadelphia. The Mids have won the last two games by 14 points.
A win on Saturday would make Ken Niumatalolo just the fourth coach in school history to start his career 4-0 against Army. Paul Johnson went 6-0 against West Point (2002-07), Wayne Hardin won his first-five games (1959-63) against Army and George Welsh won his first four contests (1973-76).
Army enters the game with the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense (350.9 yds/gm). The Black Knights last won the rushing title in 1998 (293.8). Army’s average of 350.9 yards per game would be the most by a team since Nebraska in 1997 (392.6). The Black Knights are 13th in the country in pass defense (178.1).