With the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy on the line, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds took over Saturday's game. The standout freshman led the Midshipmen on a late touchdown drive to edge out Army 17-13, beating the Black Knights for the 11th consecutive year, according to The Associated Press.
The game was one of the most competitive in recent memory, and it looked like Army was poised to defeat the Midshipmen for the first time since 2001, when they entered the fourth quarter with a 13-10 lead. Paced by senior quarterback Trent Steelman, the Black Knights controlled much of the game and their once-porous defense kept Navy at bay.
However, the momentum swung late in the fourth quarter when Army missed a field goal and Navy quickly took the ball for a score to go ahead 17-13. Army had time to regain the lead, but a fumble deep in Navy territory removed any chance at a comeback.
"I feel like we deserved that game in every way possible but it just didn't happen," Steelman told the AP.
The game ends a disappointing season for Army, who finished at 2-10. Navy, who improved to 8-4, still has one game to play – the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Arizona State on December 29.