Army put up much more of a fight than usual in the 111th edition of the Army Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia this afternoon. In the end, though, Navy was too good.
Riding a momentum-changing fumble recovery, Navy won their ninth straight game in the historic series, defeating the Black Knights 31-17. The Midshipmen took a 17-0 lead and never trailed in the contest.
However, Army did look to be stealing the momentum of the game in the second quarter. They trailed 17-7 and were on Navy's goal line looking to cut the lead to 17-14. They would receive the ball first in the second half, giving them a chance to rally and take the lead. Instead, Trent Steelman fumbled on top of a pile and Navy's Wyatt Middleton ran it back for a 98-yard touchdown to give Navy a 24-7 lead. The Midshipmen were never seriously threatened after that.
Ricky Dobbs was very solid for Navy, throwing for 186 yards and two touchdowns, though he did have an interception and two fumbles. Steelman threw for 128 yards and two touchdowns to Malcolm Brown to lead the way for Army.