Air Force will have a rooting interest in the Dec. 12 Army – Navy game. Having already beaten Air Force, a Navy victory over Army would give them the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, awarded to the winner of the round-robin series among the service academies. An Army victory over Navy would leave each team with a 1-1 record in the series; as Air Force won the trophy last season, a tie would keep them in possession of the trophy.
Army last won the trophy in 1996.
The game was the 50th between Army and Air Force. The first was in 1959, a 13-13 tie at Yankee Stadium. Saturday’s victory gave Air Force a 35-14-1 record against the Black Knights. Army’s last victory over the Falcons was in 2012.
Both Army and Air Force are built around the concept of time of possession and consistent ball movement, but the only stat in which the teams were close was time of possession. Air Force held the ball for 30 minutes, 8 seconds, Army for 29:52. But that was as close as the teams got.
Air Force had 352 yards of total offense, 196 on the ground, 156 in the air. Army totaled only 169, 124 rushing, 45 passing. The Black Knights’ low points of the season were the 113 rushing yards they produced against Duke and the 32 passing against Penn State.
Aaron Kemper led Army with 47 yards rushing on 14 carries. Bradshaw’s eight passes were the most since he threw 14 against Fordham in the season opener. He also rushed 20 times for 42 yards.
The game was the first this season in which Army did not commit a turnover.
Keeping Army without a touchdown gave Air Force an 11-quarter streak in which its defense did not allow a touchdown. On offense, Air Force’s first two possessions were three and out. In the Falcons’ 58-7 victory last week, they scored touchdowns on their first two.
Army senor running back Matt Giachinta has been named a finalist for the 2015 Pop Warner College Football Award. He is one of four finalists. The others are Jeremy Cash of Duke; Wake Forest’s Brandon Chubb; and Jake Brendel of UCLA.
Pop Warner created the National College Football Award in 2010 to honor student-athletes who has demonstrated Warner’s fundamental values of sportsmanship, academics and community service.
Off the field, Giachinta is a three-year participant in Relay For Life, and has also competed in Pat’s Run for the Tillman Foundation. He was also named a finalist for the 2015 William V. Campbell Award earlier this season.