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Navy Comes Through on Key Plays, Beats Army 17-13

Navy scored on its opening drives of each halves and its protection did the remainder Saturday, shutting down the potent dashing assault of Army in a 17-13 victory in East Rutherford, N.Y. within the 122nd version of the storied rivalry.

With the victory, the three service academies, together with Air Force, completed tied for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, sharing the trophy for the primary time since 1993. Last yr’s champion Army retains the trophy.

Quarterback Tai Lavatai scored each touchdowns for Navy (4-8), on runs of eight and two yards. He carried 20 occasions for 62 yards and was 4-of-6 passing for 82 yards on a day during which Navy appeared to have the solutions on all the sport’s key performs.

The Midshipmen earned the victory partly by milking greater than half of the fourth quarter – an 8:55 drive that coated 49 yards in 15 performs and was capped by a 43-yard area objective by Bijan Nichols with 6:10 to go.

The drive was prolonged by a pretend punt at their very own 34 yard-line when linebacker Diego Fagot gained 4 yards on fourth-and-1 early within the drive.

Army (8-4) had two extra possessions however didn’t get into scoring place. With 1:27 left, Navy wrapped it up on a fourth-and-3 play as Jacob Busic and Fagot mixed to cease Army quarterback Christian Anderson a yard wanting a primary down on the Navy 46.

Army, gunning for its fifth win over Navy within the final six years, had entered the sport averaging 301 yards dashing, however was held to 196 yards by the fired-up Navy protection.

Anderson scored on a 56-yard landing run on the fourth snap of the sport to offer Army a 7-0 lead. But after that, the Mids protection, led by Fagot (9 tackles), bottled up the Black Knights triple-option assault.

Navy retaliated with an 83-yard drive. The Mids transformed two key third-down performs in Black Knights’ territory as wideout Jayden Umbarger ripped off 27 yards on an finish round. Three performs later, on third and objective, Lavatai shocked Army with an 8-yard landing run on a quarterback draw.

Army led 13-7 at halftime, however Navy drove 74 yards following the second half kickoff.

Lavatai received the Mids into Black Knights territory with a 28-yard completion to Maquel Haywood. Then on 4th-and-4, Chance Warren took a handoff on a reverse and streaked up the suitable sideline for 26 yards to arrange a 2-yard scoring run by Lavatai.

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