Inside the numbers: Navy streak, milestone for Timpf

Army has been outscored 417-139 during its 13-game losing streak to Navy.

That’s an average of 21.3 points per game.

The Black Knights have narrows the gap over the past four years. Three of Navy’s last four victories have come by seven points or less.

Army has scored just five offensive touchdowns in the four-game stretch.

The Black Knights’ defense kept Army in the 2012 and 2014, holding the Midshipmen to 17 points in both games.

Army will need its best defensive effort of the season against Keenan Reynolds and Navy’s offense, which is averaging 37.5 points per game.

Junior linebackers Jeremy Timpf and Andrew King will play a big part in Army trying to slow down Navy.

Timpf recorded his 200th career tackle in the final minute against Rutgers on Nov. 21, becoming the 34th player in academy history to reach that mark. The two-year starter has accomplish the feat in 23 games.

King’s 15.5 tackles for loss rank 7th in academy history. George Mayes and Greg Washington share the single-season record with 23. King’s 23.5 career tackles for loss are tied with Victor Ugenyi for 14th at Army. The two-year starter’s 9.5 career sacks are tied for fourth with Will Sullivan. Josh McNary, a linebacker for the Colts, is Army’s all-time sack leader with 28.

Army has scored 23 rushing touchdowns, 10 less than last year but the Black Knights have thrown nine touchdown passes, a +6 from 2014. Army quarterbacks threw a total of 10 touchdowns in the three previous seasons (2012-14). The nine passing touchdowns are the most by an Army team since 2007 when Carson Williams (11) and Kevin Dunn (2) combined for 13.

Junior wide receiver Edgar Poe enters the Navy game with five touchdown catches, tied for ninth in school history. Only eight players have caught six touchdowns or more in a season. The last was Jeremy Trimble (7 in 2007).

Senior kicker Dan Grochowski is currently tied with Tory Crawford for seventh (214) on the all-time points scored list. Grochowski ranks second among kickers behind Craig Stopa’s 250. He’s made an academy-record 124 extra points and is fourth with 30 career field goals.

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