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President Trump to Officiate the Coin Toss at Army-Navy Game

President Trump to Officiate the Coin Toss at Army-Navy Game

Zach Abey was stripped of the ball while dropping back on 4th-and-12, and Army recovered the fumble. Malcom Perry's 43-yard run to the 5 set up Garret Lewis' 1-yard rushing TD with 7:10 left in the game that pulled Navy to 10-7.

President Donald Trump attended the 119th game between the rivals and flipped the coin before spending a half on each side in a show of impartiality.

Ahead of the game, Air Force One did a fly-by at Lincoln Financial Field as it approached Philadelphia.

Navy leads the all-time series 60-52-7. The victor takes home the "Commander in Chief" trophy. Last year's game had a combined three pass attempts and quarterbacks for each team are usually the leading rushers.

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The president was joined by Sec. of Defense James Mattis on the field for the national anthem and toss.

Trump was the 10th sitting president to attend Army-Navy, a tradition that began with Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. The president was expected to soon name a replacement, and a White House official said Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, was Trump's top choice. Trump shook hands with the captains for the Black Knights and Midshipmen afterward and then joined the Navy side to kick off the game.

It was the president's first visit to the game as commander-in-chief, though he had visited as president-elect in 2016 and made an appearance on CBS Sports. It's the first time in history Army has won at least 10 games in back-to-back seasons. He announced Friday that he'll nominate William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to the same role in his administration.