Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 6:16 pm
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.
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 4:40 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
AIR FORCE WON. Eight of the last ten Air Force-Navy games have been decided by a one-score margin. So when Air Force jumped out to a 28-10 lead in the fourth quarter, it seemed as though this annually decisive showdown in the battle for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy might be different. However, Navy scored 18 points in the final 9:34 - including recovering an on sides kick and converting a 2-point attempt - to tie the game and send it to overtime. Navy's failure to convert on the extra point following overtime's first touchdown eventually decided the outcome and Air Force defended the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with a 35-34 win.
HOW AIR FORCE WON: Falcons' quarterback Tim Jefferson orchestrated three methodical scoring drives in the first half, and the defense held strong against the bruising Navy offensive attack. The Midshipmen dominated the stats, with 466 total yards of offense and more than 40 minutes time of possession, but Air Force came up with enough big plays thanks to Ty MacCurther and Asher Clark.
WHEN AIR FORCE WON: It appeared the Falcons had this game won at several different points, but due to Navy's resilience it wasn't over until the final whistle blew. Jefferson punched in the touchdown for Air Force after Navy missed the extra point on the opening drive of overtime.
WHAT AIR FORCE WON: A great road victory against a very good Navy team. Blowing that fourth quarter lead would have been a terrible way to head into a big-time matchup next Saturday against Notre Dame in South Bend. The win also makes the Falcons 32-3 under head coach Troy Calhoun when leading at the start of the fourth quarter.
WHAT NAVY LOST: Likely a chance to reclaim the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. The Midshipmen held on to the heralded hardware from 2003-2009 before falling to the 14-6 to the Falcons in Colorado Springs a year ago. Terrific comeback though, and memorable game for the series.
THAT WAS CRAZY: Everything? Everything.
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Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 1:32 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
WHY SOUTH CAROLINA WON: Just one reason, in the end, and we'll give you a hint: it rhymes with "Blarcus Blattiblore."
Sure, the Gamecocks got an efficient-enough performance from Stephen Garcia (18-of-25, 204 yards), minus one wretched second-half red zone interception; sure, they committed just that one turnover and won the time-of-possession battle against a team that thrives on burning clock; sure, new placekicker Jay Wooten further cemented a hot start with a key 48-yarder. But given all the success the Midshipmen enjoyed in the option and the palpable sense of pressure in Williams-Brice Stadium once the visitors took their late four-point lead, it's safe to say the Gamecocks simply don't win this game without the nation's best running back (yeah, we said it) seizing the game by the throat and refusing to let it go.
Carolina's game-winning touchdown drive spanned 15 plays; Lattimore touched the ball on 11 of those. He is, as the kids say, the man.
WHEN SOUTH CAROLINA WON: Though Navy was never likely to drive from their own 6 into field goal range after taking over with just 5:36 to play, no one in Columbia breathed easy until quarterback Kriss Proctor's 4th-and-7 pass was picked off by Antonio Allen with under 2 minutes to play. Proctor had already bailed the Mids out once on the possession with a 4th-and-15 conversion, but Jadeveon Clowney wreaking havoc in the backfield meant a second miracle was out of reach.
WHAT SOUTH CAROLINA WON: Won? Well, they're 3-0, and they "won" the right to not have a matched set of upsets at the hands of Navy shoved in their face for forever. But Steve Spurrier can't be happy after such a narrow escape at home--particularly after he admitted his team was "outplayed" a week ago at Georgia.
WHAT NAVY LOST: A chance at a potential season-making upset and arguably the biggest win of Ken Niumatalolo's career. But there's no doubt the Midshipmen gained a ton of respect, both in Columbia and across the SEC, for having pushed a top-10 team to its limit.