Army vs Navy
First game: Nov. 29, 1890 
At stake: 
When: First Saturday in December 
Where: neutral site, Lincoln Field, Philadelphia

The first Army-Navy game was played at West Point in 1890, the 
second at Annapolis one year later. It wasnít until 1899, on the occasion 
of the seriesí fifth game, that Philadelphiaís Franklin Field became the 
host. Since that 1899 meeting, itís been Philadelphia that has dominated 
as the host city. There have been 13 sites over the many years since the 
series was inaugurated, with nearly one-fourth of those located within 
Philadelphia city limits. 
The Army-Navy game of 1893, won by Navy 6-4, was so bloody--including 
several free-for-all fights in the stands--that President Grover Cleveland 
banned the contest for five years. The series was resumed in 1899. The 
service academies did not meet during World War I (1917-1918), as a sign 
of unity. The series was interrupted again in 1928-1929 after bad feelings 
had again flared up. No regular-season games were scheduled for 1930-1931, 
but the teams met in charity games at New York's Yankee Stadium following 
the two seasons, with proceeds going to the relief of the unemployed 
during the early years of the Great Depression. Army won both games, 6-0 
in 1930 and 17-7 in 1931. The series has continued uninterrupted since. 
The first time a college football game drew a crowd of at least 100,000 
was in 1926 when 9-0 Navy met 7-1 Army at Chicago's Soldier Field. The two 
battled to a 21-21 tie before an estimated 110,000 spectators. The largest 
crowds ever to attend a college football game, estimated at 120,000, also 
were at Soldier Field in the 1920s. Those crowds watched Notre Dame edge 
Southern California 7-6 in 1927 and saw the Irish beat Navy 7-0 in 1928. 
In 1929 the Fighting Irish edged Southern California 13-12 at Soldier 
Field before a crowd officially listed at 112,912. 
A 19-year-old Marine who had seen service in World War I got an 
appointment to the Naval Academy, and went out for the football team at 
Annapolis. He joked to teammates that Navy never would lose to Army as 
long as he played. Navy didn't lose many games during the three years that 
Swede Larson was on the varsity; its record was 18-4. Sure enough, the 
Midshipmen beat Army each year, 6-0 in 1919, 7-0 in 1920, and 7-0 again in 
1921 when Larson was captain of the squad. Army, compiling a 19-9 record 
in the same period, was no slouch, either. 
Larson returned to the Naval Academy as head coach in 1939 and predicted 
that Army would never beat a Navy team that he coached. Navy was 16-8-3 
under Larson over the next three years, beating inferior Army teams 10-0 
in 1939 and 14-0 in 1940, then defeating a good Cadet team 14-6 in 1941. 
Thus, in six games in which Larson participated as either player or coach, 
Navy not only won each time but shut out the Black Knights five times. 
Following the 1941 season and the attack on Pearl Harbor, Larson returned 
to active duty and never coached again. 
Army's five-game winning streak over Navy (1992 through 1996) stands as 
only the fourth-such streak in series history. Each team has won five 
games twice. No school has won more than five battles in succession. Army 
first accomplished the feat from 1927 through 1933 while Navyís similar 
two streaks came from 1939 through 1943 and again from 1959 through 1963. 
The five Army-Navy tilts between 1992 and 1996 were decided by a total of 
10 points. Fourth-quarter field goal attempts decided the opening three 
Army wins before a 99-yard, game-winning drive in the waning moments 
sparked the Cadets to a 14-13 win in 1995. In 1996, Army forged the 
largest comeback victory in the history of the series, overcoming an 
18-point deficit en route to a 28-24 triumph. 
The series' two largest comeback victories (Army erased a 17-point deficit 
in 1992) occurred during Armyís most recent win streak. Eight of the last 
11 meetings between the arch rivals have been decided by five points or 
Until winning in 1980 to break a 37-37-6 stalemate, Navy had not led in 
the series standing since the 1921 season, in just the 24th meeting 
between the two academies. The two service academies have maintained an 
uninterrupted annual rivalry since 1930. The rivalry is just one of a very 
few Division 1A series to have played over 100 times. 
In the 2002 meeting, Navy quarterback Craig Candeto rushed for a school-record 
six touchdowns and passed for another score as the Midshipmen rolled to a 
58-12 victory at Giants Stadium in the 103rd meeting between the service