The storied matchup between 8-2 Army and the 3-7 Navy Midshipmen took place on a dark, overcast, and foggy afternoon at Michie Stadium at the West Point Academy. Army makes a statement in the fog.
The pregame presentation upstaged the game with a Military flyby and tremendous pomp and circumstance.
The only game that witnesses every player on the field willing to give their life for everyone watching was a battle of inept Navy defense and a swarming Army defense. When these two teams meet up, the ground game is paramount. With the poor conditions, this one would follow the script.
Navy would throw the ball all of seven times with the Knights countering with a grand total of one. Tyhier Tyler was the offensive star for Army with his 96 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on his 26 rushes. Tyler completed his line passing for 28 yards.
The Army defense was the catalyst in this with a huge goal line stop to keep it scoreless. Quinn Materzi banged a 40 yard field goal as part of his seven point affair.
How defensive was this one? Army amassed only 162 total yards while limiting the Middies to a measly 117. How inept was Navy? They called for a double reverse that was tackled in the end zone to make it 12-0.
Army has now been victorious in the last four matchups after losing 14 straight. The Knights challenge Air Force for the Commander in Chief Trophy next week.
Whistles: The fog got so bad that coaches from both teams were forced to leave the press box and go to the sidelines. The shutout marked the first Army shutout over Navy since 1969. In their 117 yards, Navy only garnered 4 first downs. The contest marked only the seventh time the teams played on one or the other’s home field.
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