Score – Navy: 24 Air Force: 21 | Overtime
This was a comeback that will be talked about for ages at the Naval Academy while the folks at Air Force will probably want to burn all tapes of this game.
Can you burn video game simulations? I digress.
Through three quarters, Air Force played a perfect game. The Falcons mounted a 21-point lead going into the fourth quarter, only to see it slip away behind an unbelievable comeback by the Midshipmen.
The scoring for Navy started on a one-yard touchdown run by Keenan Reynolds on the first play of the fourth quarter. After the defense forced Air Force to a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, Navy again took the ball and marched down the field for a drive that was capped off with a five-yard touchdown run by Chris Swain.
Then, with less than two minutes remaining, Reynolds showed what makes him such a great weapon for the offense, completing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Matt Aiken to tie the game.
Air Force had a chance to kick a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, but Will Conant missed a 38-yard attempt and the game went to overtime. Things wouldn’t get any better for the kicker. Air Force had the first possession in overtime and was forced to attempt a 34-yard field goal. It was another miss for Conant, who missed all three of his attempts in the game.
Needing only a field goal to win, Navy converted two first downs and then moved into position for Nick Sloan to split the uprights on a chip-shot 27-yard field goal.
Missed opportunities for the Falcons. Incredible fight from the Midshipmen. And an instant classic for the fans.
21 rushes, 112 yards, 1 TD
Swain didn’t make any spectacular plays but he was a steady presence for the Navy offense throughout the game. He fought for tough yards against an Air Force defense that was stout for much of the day and had a key touchdown run during the frantic fourth quarter comeback.
Broam Hart | Air Force
45 rushes, 218 yards, 2 TDs
Broam Hart gets a helmet sticker for his incredible performance. He was basically the entire offense for the Falcons and nearly carried his team to victory. Navy didn’t have an answer for him and the Air Force coaching staff took advantage of this, giving him the ball 45 times. If he’d had some help from his kicker, he likely would have left the game celebrating instead of heartbroken.
The virtual season continues to look great for the Midshipmen. The win over Air Force now moves the team to 4-0 with the next three games all looking very winnable. How incredible would it be if the Naval Academy could enter the game against Notre Dame at 7-0? First things first – heading on the road to take on an improving Duke squad.