PHILADELPHIA – Army had the corps bouncing in front of the president and kept the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
The No. 22 Black Knights recovered two fumbles in the fourth quarter, Kelvin Hopkins Jr. had two rushing touchdowns and Army beat Navy 17-10 on Saturday to win its third straight game in the series.
President Donald Trump attended the 119th game between the rivals and flipped the coin before spending a half on each side in a show of impartiality. No matter his view, Army (10-2) always had the edge.
Army retained the CIC Trophy – awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three service academies – after winning it for the first time in 15 years in 2016 and stopped a late Navy (3-10) rally to retain possession of the patriotic prize.
With Navy down 10-7, quarterback Zach Abey lost a fumble on fourth-and-12 deep in its territory. Hopkins scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-7, giving Army the cushion it needed to win in front of 66,729 fans at Lincoln Financial Field.
Army hopped and waved hands in celebration during a replay timeout and got the cadets in the stands to bounce along. They had good reason to celebrate: Army has regained its grip in a series that got out of hand. Navy had a series-best 14-game winning streak from 2002-15 and leads the series leads 60-52-7.
Trump sat on the Army side in the first half and crossed the field to the Navy side at halftime. Trump officiated the coin toss and was introduced by public address announcer Dan Baker to a cheering crowd. Navy called “tails,” and that’s what it was when Trump’s flipped coin landed on the turf. Navy elected to kick off.
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