For years, Army players and coaches were forced to answer the question regarding when the losing streak to Navy would end. It also makes for compelling football, because with so much rushing moving the ball forward and the clock more consistently running, the games tend to wrap up faster.
After trailing most of the game, Ahmad Bradshaw pushed over the goal line on a quarterback sneak with 5:10 remaining and Blake Wilson kicked the extra point to put Army ahead.
Fourteen losses in a row - each of them heartbreakingly painful in one way or another - has led to two wins in a row for Army, which can add to its latest victory against Navy the program's first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy since 1996.
Perry broke off a 68-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, one of only a few big plays in the first half.
That drive ended with a missed field goal, but after its defense forced a Navy punt on the ensuing drive Army went 65 yards on 13 plays to take a 14-13 lead that was ultimately the final score. A combined Army-Navy glee club, a snowy field, and an inspiring prayer created a memorable scene. The snow made both coaches want to throw it even less as Navy went ahead 7-0 on Darnell Woolfolk's 3-yard run on the opening possession.
7 of 12 Navy midshipman practice their pregame formation as snow falls before Saturday's annual Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. Navy drove, but an attempted 48-yard field goal sailed just wide left as time expired in the game. Army completed its only pass, a 20-yard wobbler from Bradshaw to Calen Holt, midway through the third quarter. Keeping the ball and dashing through a gaping hole opened up on the left, the Navy quarterback ran for another 64 yards to the 11-yard line.
Navy answered with a drive that yielded a field goal - again with no passes.
Navy: Perry was the fastest and most unsafe player on the field, and Niumatalolo indicated the quarterback job will be his next season. Navy faces Virginia in the Military Bowl on December 28.