Army-Navy weekend in Philadelphia: Army tops Navy 20-17 in first OT game in 123 rivalry games

PHILADELPHIA– Navy’s Anton Hall Jr. lost a fumble at the goal line in second overtime that helped set up Quinn Maretzki’s game-winning 39-yard field goal when Army on Saturday night in the first OT game of 123 games The Midshipmen at 20: 17 defeated the rivalry series.

There wasn’t much offense throughout the game until Maretzki kicked a 37-yarder with 1:53 left to tie the game at 10-all.

Exciting overtime followed.

The NCAA introduced overtime in 1996, and the series has never had to do a bit more to decide one of the sport’s greatest rivalry games.

Army’s Markel Johnson rushed for 25 yards for a touchdown in the first game of overtime to take a 17-10 lead, and Navy passed to the Black Knights when Xavier Arline Maquel Haywood threw a 25-yard touchdown pass that made it to the 17-All made.

It was Navy’s first finish of the game and Arline had perhaps the sweetest 1-of-1 for a 25-yard play in Navy history. He also rushed for 102 yards.

Hall – who previously ran 77 yards for a TD – coughed up the ball as it tumbled toward the end zone and stood dejected after the game at Lincoln Financial Field as the fireworks went off.

Navy still leads the streak against Army 62-54-7. However, the Black Knights have won five of their last seven encounters.

Army finished 6-6 and Navy was 4-8.

The teams passed for just 53 yards together.

One of Cade Ballard’s rare passing attempts for Army was a success when a pass interference call put the ball on the 28 with 4 minutes left on a drive that set up Maretzki’s field goal to equalize.

Ballard was 2 of 10 going on for 26 yards.

Hall’s run midway through the third quarter was the game’s biggest offensive push for both teams — by that point, that run alone had surpassed Army’s 69 yards.

His run was a double whammy against the Black Knights after QB Tyhier Tyler nullified a 40-yard touchdown run with a penalty on previous possession.

Hall delivered one of the few highlights in a game full of shaky punts, misguided throws and a lack of first downs.

The first spark came in the final seconds of the first half when Army Riley Riethaman’s punt was blocked by Noah Short and Jabril Williams – after nearly knocking the ball out of the end zone – recovered for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead.

That bit of excitement in front of a packed house of 69,117 at the Linc just about made up for 29 minutes of two offenses unable to move the ball down.

The first half ended with 0 passing yards. From both teams. Zero.

This state of meaninglessness was not necessarily unusual for either program. Navy has won two games this season without completing a pass, and Army has thrown for 852 yards this season. That’s about 2 yardage plays in the same field for Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts.

With points abounding, Navy sent Bijan Nichols out for a long field goal, and his 44-yarder hugged the inside of the right goalpost for a 3-0 lead in the second quarter.

Army ended the half with a 0-on-5 passing, failed on 5 of 6 third downs, and had 33 total yards in the half.

This game is rarely about quality football anyway, but more about the pageantry and celebration of cadets and midshipmen standing, hopping and cheering for their branch. Dubbed “America’s Game,” the hours leading up to kickoff were highlighted by the march of the Army Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen onto the field. The Navy parachute team “Leap Frogs” earned a cheer from the crowd each time they landed safely on the field.

Mark Wahlberg even showed up and jumped into a crowd of midshipmen and then received an award for his service in the military.


Navy fell to 11-3 against the Black Knights in Linc. It was the 90th time the game had been played in Philadelphia, including 38 consecutive times from 1945 to 1982.

The series kicks off with next season’s game in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The 2024 game will take place at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland; 2025 is at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore; and 2026 is at MetLife Stadium, home of the Jets and Giants in New Jersey, just outside of New York City. The game returns to Philadelphia in 2027.

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