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Army Black Nights meet the Navy Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen will get together at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. to add yet another chapter to a historic college football rivalry.

 

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The No. 21-ranked Midshipmen have really flexed their dominance over the Black Knights for a while now, as Navy has taken the last 13 meetings in the series. But that's more than just a simple winning streak. It's more than a decade's worth of bragging rights.

When Keenan Reynolds first faced Army, the Navy quarterback couldn't help getting caught up in the enormity of the historic rivalry.

"That was a pretty nerve-racking game. When I think about it, I get nervous again," Reynolds recalled this week. "I was thinking, one or two plays either way and we lose that game."

Reynolds ran for an 8-yard touchdown with 4:41 left to give the Midshipmen the lead in a 17-13 victory.

"That's something that will stick with me forever," he said.

The 2012 season marked the beginning of Reynolds' sensational, record-setting college career. On Saturday, the talented senior hopes to add another milestone to his impressive list of accomplishments: first quarterback to go 4-0 as a starter in the Army-Navy series.

"That would be pretty awesome," Reynolds said. "But it's not going to happen by just showing up."

No. 21 Navy (9-2) is an overwhelming favorite to beat Army (2-9) for the 14th consecutive season. A victory would enable the Midshipmen to claim the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded annually to the military academy with the best record in games between Army, Navy and Air Force.

"That's the No. 1 priority," Reynolds said.

He intends to play this one with a far more relaxed attitude than in his initial encounter with the Black Knights.

"I'm going to enjoy all the little things about the game — coming out for warmups, going to midfield for the coin toss, that type of stuff," Reynolds said.

No matter what happens Saturday, Reynolds will be remembered as one of the finest quarterbacks in Naval Academy history. His 83 rushing touchdowns are the most ever among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, and his 4,279 yards rushing tops the school's career list. He can throw, too — Reynolds needs only 36 yards passing to become the first Navy quarterback to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in two separate seasons.

Reynolds operates coach Ken Niumatalolo's triple-option attack with near-flawless efficiency. When it comes to drawing up a game-plan to beat Navy, nothing is more important than stopping Reynolds.

"Trying to contain him is difficult. Every coach, every defensive staff they face will tell you the same," Army coach Jeff Monken said. "He has a great knack for finding the opening, finding the crease, and then wiggling his way through there and getting a lot of extra yards. That's a unique talent in itself.

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