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December 14th, 2011

Navy beats Army 27-21 in teams’ 112th meeting

Army’s Malcolm Brown scored a rushing and receiving touchdown to pace the Black Knight offense against Navy. The Midshipmen won the contest, 27-21. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR. (file)

Landover, MD - Navy kicked two field goals in the final quarter and held off Army, 27-21, in the 112th meeting on Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 80,789 fans at FEDEX Field.

Army twice battled back from deficits, but Navy was able to secure two field goals in the final stanza and topped the Black Knights.

With President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a host of military personnel in the stands, the Midshipmen were able to defeat Army and end the season at 5-7. Army finished 3-9.

Army led in several offensive categories, including rushing yards (298-296) and passing yards (77-13) but three fumbles led to 17 Navy points.

Malcolm Brown and Raymond Maples both rushed for 82 yards to pace Army offensively with Brown scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown. Quarterback Trent Steelman completed 4-of-6 passes for 77 yards and rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown.

The two teams traded turnovers in the first quarter. Army’s Jacob Drozd forced a Navy fumble that was recovered by Combs. Three plays later, Tuani Jabaree scooped up a loose ball at the Army 26. Kriss Proctor scored from four yards out two plays later for a 7-0 Navy lead with 2:56 left in the first.

Navy took advantage of Army’s second turnover for a 14-0 lead. Navy marched 55 yards in seven plays, capped by Alex Teich’s 10-yard score.

Army cut its deficit in half late in the second quarter when Steelman broke off a 34-yard scoring run that helped Army pull within 14-7 with 3:34 left.

The Black Knights knotted the score with under a minute remaining in the first half with a seven-play, 63-yard drive capped by a nine-yard rushing touchdown by Brown.

Navy wasted little time in gaining back the momentum with a five-play, 48-yard drive to open the third quarter. Teich returned the second-half kickoff 48 yards to set up the Midshipmen with a short field. Proctor capped the drive with a two-yard scoring run at the 12:43 mark of the third quarter.

Army again answered, this time with a six-play, 74-yard drive to tie the game a second time. Steelman found a wide open Brown for a 25-yard scoring pass. Carlton’s third extra point knotted the game at 21 with 9:45 left in the third.

Navy broke the tie three minutes into the final quarter when Jon Teague converted a 23-yard field goal to conclude an 18-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up almost 10 minutes off the clock.

Army fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Navy capitalized with a field goal from Teague, this time from 44 yards away, which made it 27-21.

Army mounted a drive on the ensuing possession but came up short on fourth-and-seven.

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