Army defeats Navy 21-17


Army defeated No. 25 Navy by a score of 21-17 in 117th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA in front of 71,600 fans on Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.

Army ended a 14-year unbeaten streak in the series and secured its first win the rivalry game since earning a 26-17 win in the 2001 game.

Army finishes the regular season 7-5, while Navy ends its regular season 9-4.

Army controlled a 7-0 advantage after one quarter, thanks to one-yard touchdown run from Andy Davidson with 4:23 remaining in the period. Davidson's rush capped a 14-play, 66-yard drive for the Black Knights that used 7:39 of game time.

Davidson crossed the goal line again with another one-yard rush in the second quarter, with 7:12 left until the halftime break, as the Black Knights entered the locker room up, 14-0.

Navy responded with 10 unanswered points in the third quarter, on a one-yard touchdown rush from Zach Abey and a 28-yard field goal from Bennett Moehring.

The Midshipmen scored again, on a 41-yard rush from Abey, to take a 17-14 lead with 12:42 left in the fourth quarter, but Army had the final touchdown, with a nine-yard run by Bradshaw with 6:00 left in the game.

ARMY HIGHLIGHTS AND GAME NOTES

Army's win snapped a 14-game winning streak by Navy, dating back to 2001.

The victory was Army's first in the city of Baltimore since 1944.

It was the Black Knights' first victory at M&T Bank Stadium and the win brought Army to a 3-3 tie with Navy in Army-Navy games contested in Baltimore.

Army moves to 49-54-7 in the all-time Army-Navy series presented by USAA.

Xavier Moss forced the first fumble of his career in the first quarter, while Rhyan England scooped up his second career fumble recovery.

Moss came down with the third interception of his career later in the third quarter. It was his second pick this year, after recording an interception against Notre Dame on Nov. 12.

Davidson ran for his 10th touchdown this season at the 4:23 mark of the first quarter before raising his total to 11 by the end of the game in his fourth multi-score effort of the year.

CAREER MILESTONES

Moss forced the first fumble of his career early in the opening quarter. England recovered the fumble for the second recovery of his career.

Davidson punched in his 10th touchdown of the season on a one-yard carry with 4:23 remaining in the first quarter.

Kell Walker set a career high with a game-high 94 rushing yards.

KEY MOMENT

Army converted on fourth-and-inches late in the fourth quarter when Davidson ran for seven yards to move the ball to the 11-yard line. Bradshaw carried the ball for a nine-yard score two plays later to give Army a 21-17 lead with 6:00 on the clock.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Army stalled Navy's opening drive five plays in, as Moss forced a fumble by Navy back Shawn White that was recovered by England at the Black Knights' 34-yard line.

The Cadets responded by scoring on a 14-play, 66-yard drive that was highlighted by a 13-yard rush from Darnell Woolfolk that brought the ball to the four-yard line, and was capped by a one-yard carry from Davidson. Blake Wilson converted the PAT to give the Black Knights a 7-0 lead with 4:23 left in the first.

Moss came up big again on the very first play of Navy's ensuing drive, intercepting a deep pass by Zach Abey to give Army the ball at its own 32.

The Mids took the ball back with 26 seconds left in the first quarter, when Sean Williams intercepted Ahmad Bradshaw's pass at the Navy 22-yard line.

The Black Knights took over at Navy's 46-yard line after a punt before Davidson crossed the goal line for his second one-yard touchdown run of the afternoon.

Davidson kept Army's drive going with a 3-yard carry on 4th-and-2 that moved the ball to the Navy 12 before Walker rushed for another first down with an 11-yard carry that brought the ball to the one-yard line. Davidson's touchdown run finished an 11-play, 46-yard drive. Wilson's PAT gave the Cadets a 14-0 lead.

Navy took over after a fumble from Davidson with 1:38 remaining in the opening half, but gave the ball right back, as England intercepted Abey for his second pick of the year.

Army ran out the clock with a pair of short rushes to enter the locker room with a 14-0 lead.

Navy forced a fumble by Bradshaw on Army's second play from scrimmage to start the third quarter and took over at the Army 32-yard line.

The Midshipmen turned their takeaway into seven points, after Abey finished a six-play, 32-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run and Moehring made the PAT to make the score 14-7 with 11:23 left in the third quarter.

Army limited Navy to a 28-yard field goal after a 5:20 drive, as Moehring split the uprights to make the score 14-10, Army with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

Jackson Pittman forced a fumble on a carry from Davidson, and Williams recovered to give the Mids the ball back at their own 37-yard line with 1:19 to play in the third.


Abey gave Navy its first lead of the contest, with a 41-yard touchdown rush with 12:42 on the clock in the fourth quarter and Moehring was successful on the PAT to give the Mids a 17-14 advantage.

Davidson helped Army get another fourth-down conversion, with a seven-yard run from the Navy 18-yard line on fourth-and-inches. Bradshaw rushed for a nine-yard score two plays later and Wilson made the PAT to give the Black Knights back the lead, 21-17, with 6:00 to play.

A 29-yard pass from Bradshaw to Edgar Poe helped set up the scoring drive.

Army forced a punt on Navy's ensuing drive and got the ball back at its own 23 with 4:07 on the clock.

The Black Knights picked up two first downs to run out the clock and seal the victory.

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