This weekend in college football is highlighted by the 117th Army-Navy Game, set for 3 p.m. ET at M&T Bank Stadium and airing exclusively on CBS and CBSSports.com. Navy is currently carrying the series' longest win streak (14 games), but Army enters with a winning record for the first time since 2010.
Before breaking down the storylines and players to watch for this year's contest, we're taking a look back at some great moments in Army-Navy history.
Date: Dec. 7, 1963
Outcome: Navy 21, Army 15
Navy quarterback Roger Staubach was awarded the Heisman Trophy on Thursday, Nov. 26, 1963. The Midshipmen were ranked No. 2 in the country and the upcoming rivalry game against a two-loss Army team was set to serve as a play-in game for the Cotton Bowl that year with the winner facing No. 1 Texas, coached by Darrell Royal.
But Staubach "didn't care about the Heisman" just four days earlier, feeling stunned along with the rest of the country by the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated on Nov. 22 in Dallas.
Tradition stated that the military observe a 30-day period of mourning, but there was a football game at hand. On the day that Staubach was named the Heisman Trophy winner, it was announced that the game would go on, delayed by one week to Dec. 7.
"Some say Jackie Kennedy wanted the game played, but definitely the Kennedy family wanted it because he did love the Army-Navy Game," Staubach told the New York Daily News in 2013. "He played touch football, and Robert Kennedy was at some of our games. When we played Michigan, (RFK) was out on the front lawn of our hotel playing touch football every night. There was an affinity for Navy football and especially the Army-Navy Game, so I think it was real sincere they wanted the game to be in remembrance of the President."
The mourning impacted the tone of the pregame festivities, but once the game started, those in attendance -- more than 100,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia (later renamed JFK Stadium) -- say the competition was as fierce and the atmosphere was electric. Fullback Pat Donnelly scored three touchdowns and Navy's defense held on for the 21-15 win amidst a chaotic finish. Leading 21-7 with 10 minutes to go, Army scored a touchdown, recovered the onside kick and drove for the game-tying score before running out of time.
On Saturday, Navy will be wearing some awesome Under Armour-designed uniforms inspired by the ones worn in that 1963 game.