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Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen beat the Black Knights, 31-17, at the Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Dec. 11.
Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs threw for 186 yards against an anemic Army pass defense.
The Navy football team's win provided its ninth-straight victory against the Army squad in the annual contest.
The game began somewhat clumsily when both teams experienced running-game fumbles - one by Dobbs – in the first quarter.
Navy, however, quickly scored a field goal, making the score 3-0. Then, an energized Dobbs began to find his receivers about midway into the first quarter. He first hit Navy slot back John Howell for a 77-yard touchdown. The extra point made the score Navy 10, Army 0.
About a minute into the second quarter, Dobbs struck again, tossing a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Turner. The extra point put Navy ahead of Army 17-0.
Army got on the scoreboard in the second quarter after recovering a Navy fumble. After gaining 23 yards, Trent Steelman tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to slot back Malcolm Brown in the end zone. The extra point made the score Navy 17, Army 7.
The Navy struck back late in the second quarter when Steelman fumbled the ball during a quarterback sneak play on the Midshipmen's goal line. Navy safety Wyatt Middleton recovered the fumble and ran it back for a 98-yard touchdown. The Navy squad made the extra point.
At halftime, Navy led Army 24-7.
Both teams tried and failed to gain any momentum in the third quarter. However, the Black Knights kicked a field goal in the third quarter to make the score Navy, 24, Army 10.
In the fourth quarter, Midshipmen running back Gee Gee Greene rushed 25 yards into the end zone for another Navy touchdown. The extra point made the score Navy 31, Army 10.
Yet, the Black Knights refused to surrender. With four minutes left in the game, Steelman completed a pass to Brown, who ran into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point made the score Navy 31, Army 17.
The Navy victory ups their season's record to 9-3. The Army's record drops to 6-6. Both teams are now bowl game-bound.