Posted by Tom Fornelli
NAVY WON. For the tenth straight season the Navy emerged victorious in its annual game against Army. Things looked as though they might get out of hand early, as two Army turnovers helped lead to a 14-0 Navy lead, but Army would fight back to tie the game just before halftime. Both teams then swapped touchdowns on their first drives of the second half, but Army mistakes and turnovers helped settle things in the final quarter.
It's not often that a quarterback playing with a dislocated elbow on his throwing arm is your player of the game, but that was the case for Navy's Kriss Proctor on Saturday. Proctor rushed for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Midshipmen, and Alexander Teich rushed for 93 yards and Navy's other touchdown. Army was led by Trent Steelman who had 139 total yards and 2 touchdowns on the day, and Malcolm Brown who rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown of his own.
WHY NAVY WON. It was a very close contest, as you'd expect from two teams who are so similar to one another, but if there was any real difference in this game it was that Navy dominated time of possession. Combine that with 5 penalties and 3 turnovers for Army, and that was essentially your difference.
WHEN NAVY WON. With 4 minutes remaining in the game and down 27-21, Army faced a 4th and 7 at the Navy 25-yard line. That's when Trent Steelman was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage by Navy linebacker Matt Warrick. Army turned it over on downs and Navy then bled the rest of the clock.
WHAT NAVY WON. Neither of these schools is going to a bowl game this season, which just adds more significance to what this game meant for both schools this season. So it's a victory that Navy will surely cherish, and the fact that it's now 10 wins in a row only makes it that much sweeter.
WHAT ARMY LOST. It never feels good to lose to Navy, and to lose to the Middies ten times in a row hurts even more. Of course, as we all know, everybody on that football field on Saturday is going to go on and do a lot more important things than play a football game.