Army hadn’t beaten Navy in eight tries before today. And it looked pretty certain that the streak was going to continue. Navy went up 17-0 in the first quarter. But three 1st half Navy turnovers turned the tide. The momentum temporally tilted toward Army’s side. Temporarily!
With Navy up 17-0 they committed their second fumble of the game. Army quickly turned it into a touchdown. It was the first TD Army had scored against Navy since December of 2006. Navy once again committed what seemed to be a costly turnover. With the score 17-7 Navy, Army had the ball 1st and goal at the Navy three yard line. Army’s quarterback Stillman fumbled the ball at the two yard line, and Navy ran it back 98 yards the other way to give them a 24-7 lead. Momentum’s a funny thing, the Lord gives it and the Lord takes it.
Although Army outplayed the Middies in the second half, Navy won the contest 31-17. Army gave it a spirited effort and if this is an indication of things to come, then Army may turn the tide and start a winning streak of its own starting next year.
The stats were quite similar; Army had 19 first downs to Navy’s 16. Army had 335 total yards to Navy’s 325, and Army only coughed the ball up twice; Navy four times. But the most costly turnover occurred late in the second half where Navy recovered a fumble at their own 2 and ran it back 98 yards. That was a 14 point turn around that was the difference in the game. Hence Navy 31, Army 17, a fourteen point difference. And now Navy has made it nine in a row.