For the last ten years, there has been one constant in college football. Namely, that Navy has owned Army. Today’s result? Another win: the Midshipmen rushed for 296 yards and garnered a 27-21 victory. Is there any other rivalry that has been so one-sided?
Cheers of “Why so quiet?” erupted in the stadium once Navy was up 14-0.
When it comes to beating Army, Navy is a perfect 10.
A new venue for Army-Navy produced a familiar result Saturday as the Midshipmen rushed for 296 yards and capitalized on three Army turnovers in a 27-21 win over the Black Knights.
With President Barack Obama presiding over the first Army-Navy game to be played in the vicinity of the nation’s capital, the Mids (5-7) got a pair of touchdown runs from quarterback Kriss Proctor and one from fullback Alexander Teich to win their 10th straight in the rivalry.
Congratulations Middies! The Navy coach, Ken Niumatalolo, ought to feel proud.
As for the sportsmanship of the Navy team:
Navy had committed only 26 penalties all season — fewest in the country — and their first infraction Saturday came at a bad time — a false start on third-and-goal at the 1 with the score tied in the fourth quarter. The Mids had to settle for Jon Teague’s 23-yard field goal to take a 24-21 lead with 12:03 to play.
A funny story from an Army-Navy game years ago. Back when I was an Ensign, we had a wardroom meeting and another Ensign stood up and yelled: Go Army, Beat Navy! Of course, he misspoke. And meant to say: Go Navy, Beat Army!
Here’s wishing for another ten years of beatdowns. . .