EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Quarterback Tai Lavatai ran for 2 touchdowns and Navy’s protection restricted Army to 57-second-half yards and a season-low 232 general in a 17-13 victory Saturday in a sport performed on the Meadowlands to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist assaults.
Navy (4-8) performed an entire sport, outgaining Army (8-4) on the bottom and general, controlling the clock and changing three huge performs, two on fourth-down, that led to all its factors.
The Navy protection made the massive play on the finish, stopping Army quarterback Christian Anderson a yard brief on the Navy 46 on fourth down with 91 seconds left.
Bijan Nichols added a 43-yard area aim for Navy, which struggled in opposition to a schedule that featured 11 bowl-bound groups. Navy ends the season with a rivalry win, whereas Army will face Missouri within the Armed Forces Bowl.
Anderson scored on a 56-yard run on Army’s fourth play from scrimmage and Cole Talley added area objectives of 31 and 32 yards, all within the first half. The Black Knights generated little after that in seeing their four-game successful streak snapped and shedding to Navy for less than the second time in six video games.
Army led 13-7 on the half with every workforce scoring touchdowns on the opening possessions.
Anderson opened the scoring with a 56-yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage. Lavatai capped an 11-play, 83-yard response by the Midshipmen, scoring on an 8-yard run on which fullback James Harris helped carry him the ultimate 3 yards.
Navy took over within the second half, taking the kickoff and going 74 yards in 10 performs with Lavatai scoring from 2-yards out. The drive featured a 26-yard run by Chance Warren on fourth-and-4that acquired the ball to the two.
The late area aim by Nichols was arrange by a faux punt on fourth-and-1 from the Navy 34. Linebacker and main tackler Diego Fagot took a direct snap, averted a sort out and gained 4 yards. It was his first profession carry.