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Army 17, Navy 11

College Football(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

By JIMMY GOLEN
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Army linebacker Kalib Fortner scored on a fourth-quarter strip sack and then stuffed quarterback Tai Lavatai six inches from the goal line with 3 seconds left to help the Black Knights beat Navy 17-11 and win the 124th meeting of the nation’s oldest service academies.

After falling behind 17-3, Lavatai led the Midshipmen to one touchdown to make it a one-score game and then drove them to the Army 6. With no timeouts and about 30 seconds left, Lavatai threw two incompletions before hitting Alex Tecza, who was tackled inbounds at the 2.

With no timeouts - and no opportunity to spike the ball on fourth down - Navy scrambled to line up and managed to get the play off. Lavatai surged forward as his whole team pushed, ahead of him and behind, but Army held its ground.

The play was whistled dead and the replay confirmed that the ball never crossed the goal line. To kill the remaining 3 seconds, Army quarterback Bryson Daily took a shotgun snap, hesitated, and stepped out of the end zone for an intentional safety.

Cadets began to storm the field before being sent back for another review to see if time had expired. The confirmation from the booth set off another wave of Army fans onto the New England Patriots home field.

December 9, 2023


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter ArmyNavy
Army TD 14:19 Tyson Riley 4 yard TD pass from Bryson Daily (Quinn Maretzki Extra Point) 7 0
Army FG 0:00 Quinn Maretzki 47 yard field goal 10 0
Fourth Quarter ArmyNavy
Navy FG 12:45 Nathan Kirkwood 37 yard field goal 10 3
Army TD 4:49 Kalib Fortner 44 yard fumble return for TD (Quinn Maretzki Extra Point) 17 3
Navy TD 2:47 Jayden Umbarger 14 yard TD pass from Tai Lavatai (Eli Heidenreich 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 17 9
Navy SF 0:00 Luke Pirris Safety 17 11
Team Stats
  Army West Point Navy
First downs 15 17
  Rushing 13 6
  Passing 2 11
  Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 4-14, 29%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 47-205 35-130
Passing Yards 54 179
Return Yards 59 39
Completions-Attempts-Int 7-14-0 16-29-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-1 3-16
Punts 7 5
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-25 5-25
Army West Point Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Daily 7 14 54 1 0
Navy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Lavatai 16 26 179 1 0
X. Arline 0 2 0 0 1
E. Heidenreich 0 1 0 0 0
Army West Point Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Udoh 13 88 6.8 0
B. Daily 27 84 3.1 0
A. Marshall 2 19 9.5 0
J. Buchanan 4 9 2.3 0
T. Robinson 1 5 5.0 0
Navy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Lavatai 19 74 3.9 0
A. Tecza 9 34 3.8 0
B. Chatman 1 12 12.0 0
X. Arline 5 6 1.2 0
D. Fofana 1 4 4.0 0
Army West Point Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Reynolds 3 32 10.7 0
A. Marshall 2 9 4.5 0
T. Olawole 1 9 9.0 0
T. Riley 1 4 4.0 1
Navy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Umbarger 6 75 12.5 1
E. Heidenreich 4 56 14.0 0
B. Chatman 2 24 12.0 0
A. Tecza 2 9 4.5 0
N. Kent 1 9 9.0 0
C. Howard 1 6 6.0 0
Army West Point Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. DiDomenico 1 30
Navy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Army West Point Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Allan 7 193 27.6
Navy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Riethman 5 216 43.2
Army West Point Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Robinson 2 3 1.5
Navy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Army West Point Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Short 1 -1 -1.0
M. Johnson 1 1 1.0
T. Robinson 1 26 26.0
Navy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Bradley 1 39 39.0
Army West Point Missed FG
Player Length
Navy Missed FG
Player Length




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