Army vs. Navy Game score: Midshipmen rally with dominant second half to upset Black Knights

Navy stunned Army 17-13 in their annual showdown on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Army quarterback Christian Anderson was stopped 1 yard short on fourth-and-4 with 1:27 left to hand the ball back to Navy on the Midshipmen 46-yard line to seal it and give the Midshipmen the honor of singing second following “America’s Game”. The win is the second in three years for the the Midshipmen over the rival Black Knights.

Navy was down 10-7 at the half but embarked on a 10-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with a Tai Lavatai touchdown on its first drive of the second half to take the lead. It then marched 49 yards on 15 plays, gobbling up 8:56 in a drive that bridged the third and fourth quarters and culminated with a field goal to make it a four-point game. 

While the game slowed down a bit in the second half, it started out with plenty of fireworks. 

Anderson broke free for a 56-yard touchdown scamper on the third play of the game to give the Black Knights an early lead. Navy answered back, however, with an 11-play, 83-yard drive that culminated with Lavatai’s first touchdown run from 8 yards out on third-and-goal. Two Army field goals, including one with 11 seconds left in the first half, gave the Black Knights their six-point halftime lead.

The game, which is typically played with an old-school, triple-option approach from both teams, was more of a shootout than any in recent memory with 22 passes thrown throughout the game. The 36-point over/under total was the lowest in FBS this season, and roughly 75% of the public money was on the over at kickoff. Army entered as a 7-point favorite.

This story will be updated shortly with takeaways. 

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