Keenan Reynolds scored on an 8-yard run with 4:41 remaining in the game to give Navy its 11th straight college football victory over rival Army, 17-13.
Reynolds, a freshman quarterback, completed 10 of 17 passes for 130 yards and added 40 yards rushing as the Midshipmen came from behind yesterday for their eighth win of the season.
Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance at the 113th meeting of the military schools at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Navy has won 57 games. Army (2-9) was the victor in 49 games in a series that dates back to 1890. Seven games have ended in ties.
“The kid has been like that all year,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said of Reynolds in a televised interview before being presented with the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy. “I’m looking forward to going to the White House.”
Army controlled much of the game, running for 370 yards, compared with 162 for Navy. The Black Knights were in position for a go-ahead touchdown when fullback Larry Dixon fumbled a handoff from quarterback Trent Steelman on a first-down play with 1:04 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was Army’s sixth turnover of the game.
Steelman, who has lost all four games he has played against Navy in his collegiate career, left the field in tears and was consoled by teammates.
The two teams were tied at 10-10 after the first half, before Army scored on a 22-yard field goal by Eric Osteen. Army was unable to hold the lead as Reynolds led Navy 80 yards down the field on a seven-play series. The drive included a 49-yard pass from Reynolds to Brandon Turner to set up the quarterback’s winning touchdown run.
Navy, with an 8-4 record, will face Arizona State University in a Dec. 29 bowl game in San Francisco. The team missed postseason play last season after eight consecutive appearances. Army didn’t qualify for postseason play.