Dec. 8, 2012
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Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for an eight-yard score late in the game to lift the Midshipmen to a 17-13 victory over Army, Saturday afternoon in the 113th annual Army-Navy Game presented by USAA in front of a sold-out crowd of 69,607 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Navy overcame a second-half deficit to claim the Commander in Chief's Trophy and improve to 8-4 this season.
Army out-rushed Navy 370-167 but the Midshipmen forced five fumbles, three of which they recovered and the Black Knights closed the 2012 season 2-10.
Raymond Maples paced the Black Knights' rushing attack with 156 yards on 27 carries while senior quarterback Trent Steelman carried 17 times for 96 yards and a score. Sophomore Larry Dixon picked up 61 yards and senior Malcolm Brown 57.
Steelman connected on 4-of-5 passes for 48 yards. Sophomore Chevaughn Lawrence caught three passes for 44 yards and Maples had one reception for four yards.
Sophomore Geoffrey Bacon led an Army defense that held Navy to 297 yards of total offense with 14 tackles and a sack. Alex Meier had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble, while Nate Combs made eight stops.
Navy got on the scoreboard first after a scoreless first quarter with a nine-play, 66-yard drive that took more than five minutes. Noah Copeland, who rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries, capped the possession with a 12-yard scoring run and a 7-0 Navy lead after Nick Sloan's point after.
Army quickly tied the scoring, going 75 yards in three minutes. Steelman gained 20 yards, Maples picked up 11 and then Brown went off tackle for 14. After Maples collected four yards, Steelman called his own number for an 11-yard touchdown. Senior Eric Osteen kicked the PAT.
Sloan kicked a 31-yard field goal on the next possession but Osteen matched the score with a career-long 41-yard kick to knot the game at 10 at halftime. The field goal hit the left upright and went through.
Army took its first lead of the game in the third quarter when Osteen converted a 21-yard field goal with 3:36 left in the session for a 13-10 Army advantage.
The Black Knights missed a 37-yard field goal on their first possession of the final quarter and Navy went back on top when Reynolds scored from eight yards out with 4:41 left to play.
Army had one final possession but Navy recovered a fumble on its own 13-yard line and then ran out the clock after the turnover.