This year’s Army-Navy game saw the Cadets take home a win for the first time in 14 years with a 21-17 victory in M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. As one might expect after an extended losing streak, the celebration for the winning side was pretty amazing to watch. The corps of cadets in attendance at the game rushed the field to celebrate with their team as soon as the clock hit triple zeros.
“The place was going bananas and our corps of cadets up there behind our team they were going crazy,” said Army head coach Jeff Monken on CBS Sports Radio’s DA show with Damon Amendolara. “They started climbing over the walls as soon as the clock hit zero, it was just a great celebration.”
Monken knows all about what it means to be a part of this game and this rivalry. He served as an assistant coach on Paul Johnson’s staff when Johnson was the head coach at Navy during the time that the winning streak for the Midshipmen actually started. So, this year’s victory meant just a little bit more to him.
“It’s one of the things that I wanted to make sure we accomplished,” said Monken. “I’m on the other end of that streak, I was with Paul Johnson at Navy when the thing started and so, it kind of became my personal mission to see it come to an end under my watch. I’m glad to get that one done and just so proud of our kids. They did it. They fought and battled and they’ve prepared. It’s been three years in the making just getting better and I think we are better. I think we’re improved as a football team and as a football program and I think the best is still yet to come. I’m just so proud of our kids. It’s more than just winning one football game a year, we want to be a team that’s respected around the nation as a team that can compete with anybody. I think we can get our program to that level. We’re not there yet in terms of respectability but, a couple more years if we continue to build, we’ve got great young men in this program and I’m confident that we’ll get there.
The Cadets (7-5) will play in their first bowl game since 2010 when they face off with North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday, December 27th.