Navy's decade of dominance over Army was 14 yards away from sinking. Then the Black Knights botched a handoff with an overdue victory in...
PHILADELPHIA — Navy’s decade of dominance over Army was 14 yards away from sinking.
Then the Black Knights botched a handoff with an overdue victory in sight and the Midshipmen pounced on the fumbled ball.
Tight games or blowouts, Navy has made a habit of beating Army. Keenan Reynolds helped Navy top Army for the 11th straight time, scoring the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter in a 17-13 victory in the 113th rivalry game Saturday.
The Midshipmen can hook an anchor to the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy and bring it to Annapolis.
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“It means everything,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “That’s our No. 1 goal, to get the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. I’m just so happy for these guys.”
Navy (8-4) won the CIC trophy awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three service academies. Army and Navy each beat Air Force, putting the prestigious trophy up for grabs in the regular-season finale for the first time since 2005.
Army (2-10) hasn’t hoisted the CIC trophy since 1996.
Unlike previous games over the last decade, the Black Knights were in this one until their final 70-yard drive. Army had driven to the 14 when QB Trent Steelman and fullback Larry Dixon fumbled on a sloppy exchange. Navy recovered, and the Midshipmen on the sideline went wild and rushed the field.
“We expected to win from the beginning to the end,” Army coach Rich Ellerson said.
In front of 69,607 fans and Vice President Biden at Lincoln Financial Field, Navy caught a break when Army missed a late field-goal attempt.
Reynolds quickly found Brandon Turner down the sideline for a 49-yard gain. Reynolds, named the game’s MVP, then escaped a rush and followed with the 8-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left in the game.
The Midshipmen now lead the series 57-49-7.
Tuberville bolts for Cincinnati
CINCINNATI — Tommy Tuberville left Texas Tech to become Cincinnati’s coach, moving away from a Big 12 school to one that has an uncertain future with conference realignment. He left the Red Raiders after three years to coach at a school where his recent predecessors have lasted no longer.
His quick hiring ended a whirlwind week in Cincinnati, which had won a share of its fourth Big East title in the past five years a week earlier. Coach Butch Jones interviewed at Purdue and Colorado before accepting the job at Tennessee on Friday morning.
Tuberville won’t coach the Bearcats (9-3) against Duke in the Belk Bowl, leaving it up to the staff.
Tuberville, 58, went 20-17 in three seasons at Texas Tech, after coaching at Mississippi and Auburn. The Red Raiders (7-5) will play Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl after missing out on a bowl last season.
• Willie Taggart is taking over as South Florida’s coach after establishing himself as one of the nation’s top young prospects by turning around a losing program at Western Kentucky. Taggart, 36, replaces Skip Holtz.