Navy has defeated Army 21-17 for the 14th straight win in the Army-Navy rivalry game.
Keenan Reynolds becomes the first quarterback in the storied 116-game history to go 4-0 against their academy rival. Reynolds accounted for all three of Navy’s touchdowns, including two rushing touchdowns to make him the NCAA’s leader in career rushing touchdowns with 85.
Reynolds rushed for 136 yards on 21 carries. He also threw for 113 yards on 6-14 passing. Fullback Chris Swain carried the ball 15 times for 62 yards.
Army held a 17-14 lead at halftime. They were difficult to stop in the first half by throwing and running the football. Wide receiver Edgar Poe led the Black Knights with a key 50-yard punt return to set up their first touchdown. Poe also caught five passes for 121 yards, an Army-Navy game record, and had a receiving touchdown.
Navy’s defense stepped up their game in the second half. They held Army to 126 yards of total offense in the second half. Army missed a field goal, punted four times, threw two interceptions and fumbled to end their second half possessions.
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo becomes the first coach in the history of the rivalry to win their first eight games. Niumatalolo may have coached in his final Army-Navy game. He is linked to the vacant BYU head coaching job due to his strong Mormon faith. Niumatalolo confirmed on ESPN’s College Gameday before the game that he “needs to listen” to what BYU has to offer.
The Army-Navy game is one of the most storied college football games. It is likely the final game of every players career due to their commitment to service time after their graduation. The game is ended by singing each team’s alma mater with the winning team singing second.