GAMEDAY College Football

Air Force 23, Navy 3

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - No matter the result, this was going to be a special day to play football for Air Force or Navy.

Brad Roberts ran for two touchdowns and Haaziq Daniels added one, and Air Force held the Midshipmen to one first down before the fourth quarter in a 23-3 victory. The outcome always matters between these two teams - but this game was significant because the two service academies were playing on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"For me, it kind of puts everything in perspective," Navy running back Chance Warren said. "I'm sitting here sour and very upset about a loss, but 20 years ago today, so many people lost loved ones. So it just kind of put it in perspective that ... I'm out here playing college football with some of my best friends, and brothers for life."

This was the earliest meeting in series history between these teams, scheduled with 9/11 in mind. The pregame pageantry felt even more meaningful than usual. The players took the field carrying American flags before the game. At halftime, the names of Navy and Air Force grads lost on 9/11 were put on the videoboard.

"I think in the big picture you come to the Air Force and Naval Academy to serve," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. "We'll never ever forget, not only those that perished and their families, but certainly just the remarkable, the way they answered the duty, in terms of our first responders."

Roberts ran for a 3-yard TD in the second quarter, and Daniels scored on a 28-yard run in the final minute of the third. That was plenty of offense for Air Force (2-0) on a day the Falcons held Navy (0-2) without a completed pass through the first three quarters.

"We just stayed aggressive and just played our keys and played how we could play," Air Force linebacker Demonte Meeks said. "And didn't go outside of ourselves at all. I think that was the key for us."

Roberts added another touchdown on a 2-yard run in the fourth. The Midshipmen changed quarterbacks after that, and Maasai Maynor immediately threw a 15-yard pass to Mychal Cooper for Navy's first completion and second first down of the game.

Navy finished with only 68 yards of offense.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter AFNavy
Navy FG 10:36 Bijan Nichols 23 yd FG 0 3
AF TD 1:09 Brad Roberts 3 yd run (Matthew Dapore kick) 7 3
Third Quarter AFNavy
AF TD 0:32 Haaziq Daniels 28 yd run (Matthew Dapore kick) 14 3
Fourth Quarter AFNavy
AF SF 13:33 Team safety 16 3
AF TD 9:13 Brad Roberts 2 yd run (Matthew Dapore kick) 23 3
Team Stats
  Air Force Navy
First downs 14 6
  Rushing 10 2
  Passing 3 2
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 7-18, 39% 1-12, 8%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 59-176 34-36
Passing Yards 49 32
Return Yards 47 45
Completions-Attempts-Int 3-10-0 3-10-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--4 5--26
Punts 7 8
Punts-Average 35.7 37.8
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 5-38 2-27
Time of Possession 36:48 23:12
Air Force Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Daniels 3 10 49 0 0
Navy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Maynor 3 5 32 0 0
X. Arline 0 5 0 0 0
Air Force Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Roberts 29 97 3.3 2
H. Daniels 14 51 3.6 1
M. Davis 4 13 3.3 0
D. Hughes 3 10 3.3 0
O. Fattah 1 5 5.0 0
E. Michel 1 3 3.0 0
J. Gidrey 2 2 1.0 0
D. Kinamon 1 1 1.0 0
Navy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
X. Arline 16 31 1.9 0
J. Harris II 8 17 2.1 0
I. Ruoss 1 9 9.0 0
T. Goslin 1 5 5.0 0
M. Maynor 4 -1 -0.3 0
C. Warren 3 -2 -0.7 0
Air Force Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Davis 1 27 27.0 0
K. Patterson 2 22 11.0 0
Navy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Cooper 1 15 15.0 0
C. Warren 1 11 11.0 0
M. Walker 1 6 6.0 0
Air Force Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Navy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Air Force Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Bein 7 250 35.7
Navy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Riethman 4 163 40.8
K. Grave de Peralta 4 139 34.8
Air Force Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Davis 1 0 0
Navy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Air Force Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Davis 2 47 23.5
Navy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Jones 1 25 25.0
C. Acie 1 21 21.0
Air Force Missed FG
Player Length
M. Dapore 35
Navy Missed FG
Player Length




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