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Turnovers plague Army; Navy wins 11 straight over rival

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Football can as cruel a sport as it is gratifying. No one showed that more today than Army quarterback Trent Steelman.

The Black Knights, which had lost 10 consecutive games to Navy, led the Midshipmen 13-10 with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. It would have been a six-point game had Eric Osteen, already 2-for-2 on the day made a 37-yard field goal.

Instead, Osteen’s third attempt sailed wide left, and Navy mounted a seven-play, 80-yard drive to score a touchdown in just over two minutes. Given that Navy had just over 200 yards of offense the entire game until that point, the Midshipmen’s scoring drive was surprising as it was quick. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds connected with Brandon Turner for a 49-yard gain and Reynolds punched it in one play later.

That left Army with 4:41 left. Steelman orchestrated a 70-yard drive to put the Black Knights inside the Navy 15. Needing a touchdown — remember the Osteen miss — Steelman handed off to running back Larry Dixon, who fumbled. Navy recovered. It was Army’s third ┬áturnover of the game.

Just like that, the game was over. Navy won 17-13, its 11th straight over Army to take Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, and another class goes through West Point without beating its rival.

Steelman was inconsolable. A four-year starter, Steelman’s had a fantastic career at West Point. He gave everything he had today and came up short. Again.

You don’t want to get too caught up in the drama of the moment, but the image of Steelman sobbing during the playing of the alma maters was equal parts heartbreaking and powerful.

And that’s why Army-Navy, no matter the records or the win streaks, still ranks among the great games in college football.

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14 Responses to “Turnovers plague Army; Navy wins 11 straight over rival”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 8, 2012 7:18 PM

    Best Army-Navy game in years. Too bad for the Army turnover at the end.

  2. mungman69 says: Dec 8, 2012 7:23 PM

    Good game. Too bad Army lost again. 11 in a row? Amazing! Better luck next year.

  3. thegamecocker says: Dec 8, 2012 7:32 PM

    Every player on each sqaud is a winner! Winning or losing doesn’t matter. Thank-you to all these young men on both sides. This years game happened to be very close and exciting. G-d bless everyone of these folks as they move forward to protect our country.

  4. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 8, 2012 7:57 PM


  5. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 8, 2012 7:58 PM

    Coast guard academy needs to be a division one team

  6. barbeaux says: Dec 8, 2012 9:44 PM

    Much thanks to all those that serve.

  7. dawglb says: Dec 8, 2012 11:38 PM

    Just wish that this game would get some hype, leading up to it. These young men deserve national attention. ESPN will spend 38 days hyping the Alabama vs UND,…..just wish ESPN would have spent 38 minutes talking about this game before….

  8. randygnyc says: Dec 8, 2012 11:49 PM

    I couldn’t care less about the results of this game. I just pray to God that these fine young men that serve our country, come home from combat, both physically and mentally healthy. THANK YOU for your service!!!!!

  9. mdgoalie37 says: Dec 9, 2012 12:04 AM

    I was there today and it was a memorable experience. If you ever get a chance to attend the Army – Navy game don’t hesitate.

  10. dccowboy says: Dec 9, 2012 8:06 AM

    It was a fumbled ‘mesh’, the FB did not fumble. In the end, in an option offense, it’s the QB’s responsibility to make sure the FB either has the ball or doesn’t.

    That being said I was wanting to find the cameraman who was following Steelman around for almost the entire time after the fumble until both teams had sung their respective Alma Maters ( a sacred duty for the Service Academies) and see just how far up his …. I could shove that camera. I think 30 seconds focus on Steelman’s obvious misery would have been sufficient to create a poignant moment, 10-15 MINUTES of it was cruel. I’m a 73 Grad of USNA and I hate losing to Army (in anything, period), but I felt badly for Steelman and was screaming at the TV to “get that Fing camera off him”. Nobody should be subjected to that.

  11. delusionalcardsfan says: Dec 9, 2012 12:54 PM

    Thank you for your service gentleman. ESPN makes such hoopla for other games, one would think that they would do more for these men. They are some of the best that our military has to offer and the alumni base is huge! Definitely needs to get more national attention.

  12. thegamecocker says: Dec 9, 2012 2:30 PM


    I agree the camera man should be called on poor judgement. Seeing the respect both schools showed for their Alma Maters should have been the focus. But it was more of 75/25 on QB Steelman. Let’s never let that happen again. To me it’s not about who wins or loses this game: rather every Cadet and Midshipman should be applauded for the service they give to our country.

  13. seamus0317 says: Dec 9, 2012 6:24 PM

    God Bless and keep those young men safe in the palm of His hand! They represent all that’s great about the USA!

  14. metroplexfrog says: Dec 11, 2012 3:11 PM

    That was a very good game. These two institutions are both winners.

    God Bless these fine young men.

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