Well as turkey is a staple for Thanksgiving, the Army/Navy game is a staple for the last weekend of regular season of college football. And from the “Linc” in Philadelphia, the Army Black Knights of West Point, New York, went up against the Navy Midshipmen of Annapolis, Maryland.
Navy won ten straight up to this year. They opened up the scoring in the second quarter and went up 7-0. Army tied the score on the ensuing drive. Navy then went up 10-7 with less than a minute left in the 1st half. But Army then drove down the field and tied the game with no time left in the 1st half.
After a second quarter fumble by Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, Army drove to the Navy 2 yard line on a 2nd and one. But they had to settle for three and went up 13-10. Momentum changed on this series.
Navy took the ball on their own twenty with about seven minutes left in regulation and drove 80 yards to take the lead 17-13. With 4:41 left in regulation, Army drove about 70 yards for the go ahead touchdown only to fumble the ball away on the Navy 11 yard line with 1:02 left in regulation to secure Navy’s 11th straight win in this rivalry.
Although a bitter disappointment for Army, they out gained Navy with 418 to 292 total yards, passing Army 48 to 130 for Navy and rushing 370 Army, Navy 162 yards(ESPN.com). The Naval Academy retains the Commander and Chief Trophy after beating both Air Force and WestPoint this year.
I’ve watched just about every Army/Navy game since 1968; I must say this was one of the most competitive matches I can remember. Navy leads this series 58–49–7. (Wikepedia, 2012)