NCAA Game Summary - Army vs. Navy
(Saturday, December 12th)
Final Score: Navy 17, Army 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ricky Dobbs threw for one touchdown and ran one in to set a single-season record for a quarterback, as Navy took a 17-3 win over Army in the 110th edition of the battle between the military academies.
Dobbs had 113 yards on 33 carries and went 3-for-7 with 61 yards and a pick while Marcus Curry caught the lone score for the Midshipmen (9-4), who have won eight straight against Army. Dobbs set an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 24.
"You could never put words as to how you think something is going to feel," said Navy linebacker Ross Pospisil. "It's incredible. I can't really put words to it. There are so many emotions going on right now. I wouldn't be anywhere else, but with these guys."
Trent Steelman went 7-for-20 with 77 yards and added 16 rushing yards while Alejandro Villanueva had five catches for 62 yards for the Black Knights (5-7), who had won their previous two games and saw their last chance for a bowl game slip away.
Navy is headed to the Texas Bowl to play Missouri on December 31 in Houston. Army would have gone to the EagleBank Bowl to battle Temple on December 29. Instead, UCLA will play the Owls at RFK Memorial Stadium in the nation's capital.
"You're not going to go out there and shut down the Navy offense," said Army defensive tackle Mike Gann. "We knew it was going to be a fight. We knew that from the beginning. We wanted to take that fight to them. They came out on top."
The Midshipmen struggled offensively in the first half, but the team started the second half with the ball and marched down the field to take the lead.
The 11-play, 68-yard drive was capped on a 25-yard touchdown catch by a wide open Curry for a 7-3 lead. The drive featured a three-yard run by Dobbs on 4th-and-1 at the Army 30 two plays prior to the touchdown.
The Black Knights were held to a three-and-out on their following touch and Navy got the ball back at its own 26. The team marched the ball 55 yards over 12 plays that ate up almost seven minutes and was capped on a 36-yard field goal from Joe Buckley for a 10-3 lead with just 11 seconds left in the third.
Army responded with an impressive march, but the drive stalled at the Navy 14 and them team lined up for a field goal. However, Alex Carlton missed the 32- yard field goal to the left, his second miss of the game, with 10:21 to play.
Navy had to punt after the missed field goal, but Knigsley Ehie fumbled the ball on the first play of the drive and Navy recovered at the Army 12. Four plays later, Dobbs punched the ball in for a 17-3 lead with 6:15 left to seal the win.
It was a slow first half as the only points in the first 30 minutes came on the final play of the first quarter when Carlton booted a 23-yard field goal between the uprights. The score was set up on a Steve Erzinger interception of Dobbs.
Navy only got past midfield twice in the first half and the furthest the team moved the ball was to the Army 44.
12/12 22:29:12 ET