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Ellerson has dusted off film of the 1964 game in this storied rivalry to demonstrate anything is possible. Despite a losing record for the first time in 13 years, those Black Knights beat Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach and the Middies 11-8 behind the heroics of Rollie Stichweh and John Seymour.

It’s not difficult to fathom what another upset would accomplish.

“A win would mean everything for this team,” Maples said. “It would mark a victory for the season. To break an 11-game losing streak against your rival — don’t get no better than that.”