Dec. 10, 2011
Final Stats |
LANDOVER, Md. -
Navy kicked two field goals in the final quarter and held off Army, 27-21, in the 112th meeting on Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 80,789 fans at FEDEX Field.
Army twice battled back from deficits, but Navy was able to secure two field goals in the final stanza and topped the Black Knights.
With President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a host of military personnel in the stands, the Midshipmen were able to defeat Army and end the season at 5-7.
Army fell behind 14-0 and tied the game at 14-14 and 21-21, but finished its season at 3-9.
Both teams wore new Nike Pro Combat uniforms for the first Army-Navy Game presented by USAA hosted in Washington, D.C.
Army led in several offensive categories, including rushing yards (298-296) and passing yards (77-13) but was hurt by three fumbles that led to 17 Navy points.
Malcolm Brown and Raymond Maples both rushed for 82 yards to pace Army offensively with Brown scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown. Quarterback Trent Steelman completed 4-of-6 passes for 77 yards and rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Steve Erzinger led the Army defense with 11 tackles, while Nate Combs posted two sacks, nine tackles and a fumble recovery.
The two teams traded turnovers in the first quarter. Army's Jacob Drozd forced a Navy fumble that was recovered by Combs. Three plays later, Tuani Jabaree scooped up a loose ball at the Army 26. Kriss Proctor scored from four yards out two plays later for a 7-0 Navy lead with 2:56 left in the first quarter. Proctor rushed for 97 yards and a pair of scores and completed one of three passes.
The Midshipmen took advantage of Army's second turnover for a 14-0 lead. Navy marched 55 yards in seven plays capped by Alex Teich's 10-yard scoring run after an Army fumble. Teich carried 18 times for 93 yards.
Army cut its deficit in half late in the second quarter. Brown rushed for 18 yards on the first three plays of the drive before Maples and Larry Dixon picked up short gains. Brown collected two yards before Steelman broke off a 34-yard scoring run. Alex Carlton's point after made it a 14-7 contest with 3:34 left in the first half.
The Black Knights knotted the score with under a minute remaining in the first half with a seven-play, 63-yard drive that took just 1:56. Brown picked up 18 yards on the first play, Steelman hit Austin Barr for a 10-yard completion and Maples later ran for 13 yards. Brown did the rest with a nine-yard rushing touchdown. The play was reviewed but stood as called and the game was tied at 14.
Navy wasted little time in gaining back the momentum with a five-play, 48-yard drive to open the third quarter. Teich returned the second-half kickoff 48 yards to set up the Midshipmen with a short field. Delvin Diggs ran for 15, Gee Gee Greene gained 20 and Proctor capped the drive with a two-yard scoring run at the 12:43 mark of the third quarter.
Army again answered, this time with a six-play, 74-yard drive to tie the game a second time. Brown rushed for 13 yards on first down and Dixon battled his way for 31 yards. After two short rushes, Steelman found a wide open Brown for a 25-yard scoring pass. Carlton's third extra point knotted the game at 21 with 9:45 left in the third quarter. It marked Army's third straight possession with a touchdown.
Navy broke the tie three minutes into the final quarter when Jon Teague converted a 23-yard field goal to conclude an 18-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up almost 10 minutes off the clock.
Army fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Navy capitalized with a field goal from Teague, this time from 44 yards away. Teague's second field goal gave Navy a 27-21 lead with 10:26 left to play.
Army mounted a drive on the ensuing possession but a rushing play came up short on fourth-and-seven and the Mids took possession.
Navy drove 30 yards before the drive stalled but only three seconds remained when Army took possession and a complete pass ended the contest.