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Army snaps Navy’s streak with 21-14 win

Despite Navy coming back and taking a fourth-quarter lead, the Mids were hampered by four turnovers against Army.

When Zach Abey broke two tackles on a 41-yard run and found the endzone to give the Navy Midshipmen a 17-14 the collective Army West Point faithful were probably thinking to themselves “here we go again.” But the Black Knights were able to avoid being beaten for a 15th-straight as they came back to earn a 21-14 victory over Navy in M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The greatest rivalry in all of sports had all the swings one could expect. The Black Knights were rolling in the first half as Andy Davidson ran the ball into the endzone twice and gave Army a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Navy was completely out of a rhythm in the first half. Abey looked lost and at one point was 1-for-3 passing with two interceptions. Running back Shawn White also fumbled the ball on the opening possession of the game and the Black Knights took the possession and scored on it.

Abey was picked off on his next possession by Xavier Moss, who also forced the fumble.

Army wasn’t able to capitalize on that possession. Instead, Ahmad Bradshaw was intercepted by Sean Williams. But the Mids were inept on offense. They went three-and-out and the Black Knights gave the ball to Davidson for a second one-yard touchdown run.

But in the second half, Navy settled down and Abey stepped up in the high-pressure game.

Army fumbled the ball on their first play of the third quarter and Navy returned the favor from the beginning of the first half and took scored on the ensuing possession. Abey completed a 16-yard pass on the drive and ran the ball into the endzone. After forcing Army into a three-and-out, Abey again led the Mids offense down the field, hitting Brandon Colon for a 29-yard gain. Navy had to settle for a field goal at the end of the drive.

But on just the second play of their first drive in the fourth quarter Abey ran through the Army defense and into the endzone. He gave Navy a lead, but they just couldn’t keep it. The Black Knights went 80 yards in nearly seven minutes with Bradshaw running the ball in for the score. They wore the final 4:07 off the clock too after Navy punted the ball.

The Mids were out-rushed 316-112 by their rival that also adopted a version of the triple option offense.

Navy will still have a chance to end the season on a high note when they play Louisiana Tech in the Armed Forced Bowl in Forth Worth, TX on Dec. 23.

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