Saturday, October 05, 2013

Navy Grounds Air Force 28-10

Sophomore Keenan Reynolds, coming off a concussion last week against Western Kentucky, scored three touchdowns and rushed for 140 yards on 28 carries to lead Navy to a 28-10 win over Air Force.

A record-breaking home crowd of 38,225 witnessed the Midshipmen come from behind to earn their first win towards earning the Commander-in-Chief's trophy that is awarded to the service academy with the best record in their round robin competition.

Junior, Chris Johnson picked off two passes to end Air Force's final two drives.  Johnson's two interceptions was the first two INT game since Wyatt Middleton had two in 2009 against Temple.

Air Force jumped out to a 3-0 lead on their opening drive.  Navy bounced back when Reynolds scored his first TD from three yards out.  The Falcons regained the lead on their next possession when Anthony LaCoste scored on an 18-yard run.  Air Force took a  10-7 lead into the half.

Navy scored on their first drive of the second half to take the lead for good.  Hometown star, Demond Brown took a pitch from Reynolds and scampered into the end zone from 38 yards out to give the Mids a 14-10 lead.

Reynolds scored two more TDs in the fourth quarter (two yards and 10 yards) to seal the Navy win 28-10.

The 1963 Navy team that won the Cotton Bowl and finished 9-2 was recognized at halftime.  It's the 50th anniversary of what many consider the greatest team to ever play at Navy.  The team finished number two in the country that year.  That team was led by Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach and team captain Tom Lynch.

The 1963 team was coached by Wayne Hardin who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

Air Force (1-5) hosts San Diego State on Thursday night and Navy (3-1) travels to Duke on Saturday.