Bernard Sarra, sophomore nose guard is ready to take on Air Force in the game that almost wasn’t. Eye On Annapolis will be live blogging the game and will have a recap, as usual, after the dust settles and Air Force is sent packing.
This game almost was not played due to the government shut down. At the last minute, Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel gave the green light and the kickoff is scheduled for 11:40am. The game will be aired live on CBS.
This is the 46th time that Navy has met Air Force on the gridiron and this game is the first leg in the battle for the Commander In Chief’s trophy which has become a permanent fixture in Annapolis. Navy has won the trophy 8 of the last 10 years.
Navy quarterback, Keenan Reynolds is expected to start today after coming off a head injury sustained in the last 4 minutes of the Western Kentucky game last week. That game dealt Navy their first loss of the season.
At halftime, the 1963 Cotton Bowl team will be recognized on the 50th anniversary of the greatest team to play at Navy. That team finished 9-2 and was ranked No. 2 in the country. The Mids owned victories over West Virginia, William & Mary, Michigan, VMI, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Maryland, Duke and Army. The Army game was played a week later than it was supposed to after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Mids lost in the Cotton Bowl to No. 1 Texas, 28-6.
Roger Staubach, in attendance today, won the Heisman Trophy that year, the second and last Navy player to win college football’s highest honor (Joe Bellino won it in 1960). Staubach ran for 418 yards and eight touchdowns, while throwing for 1,474 yards and seven touchdowns in that magical season.
Also at halftime, the coach of the 1963 team, Wayne Hardin, will be recognized for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Hardin is the 24th person affiliated with the Naval Academy to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the third head coach, joining Gil Dobie (17-3 at Navy from 1917-19) and George Welsh (55-46-1 at Navy from 1973-81). Hardin will officially be inducted at the 56th National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on December 10th, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga. Hardin compiled a record of 38-22- 2 as Navy’s head coach from 1959-64, including a 5-1 mark against Army and a 3-3 record against Notre Dame.
He coached two Heisman Trophy winners in Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963) and led Navy to two New Year’s Day bowl games. The 1960 team compiled a record of 9-2 and was ranked No. 4 in the country under the direction of Hardin and earned victories over Boston College, Washington, SMU, Air Force, Notre Dame, Virginia and Army before losing to Missouri, 21-14, in the Orange Bowl. In 1963, the Midshipmen rose to No. 2 in the national rankings with a 9-2 record before losing to No. 1 Texas, 28-6, in the Cotton Bowl.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:40
AIR FORCE 10
Congrats to the Midshipmen.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:38
Another INTERCEPTION! Navy’s ball on the 41. They lead 28-10 with 2:35 left in the game
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:31
TOUCHDOWN NAVY!!!! Extra Point Good. Navy leads 28-10. #wrapitupboys #NavyGameDay
Air Force 10
Looks like the Blue and Gold will be sung last today!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:29
Looks like Air Force will be singing first!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:29
Well, looks like Navy has the game! Interception!!!!
5:48 left in game. 1st and 10 from the 27!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:23
OK so it did not embed like I had hoped, but click the link!
4th and 5 from 33. Navy going for it. Delay of game.
Navy will punt.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:21
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:16
And the extra point is good. Navy 21 Air Force 10
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:12
UNBELIEVABLE. Reynolds was in for a sure sack and got one off to Lynch for a gain of 12. First and goal for Navy from the 9
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:09
Navy making a drive. 2nd and 7 on Air Force’s 41. 12:13 left in the game.
SWEET. Navy runs to the 23 for 1st and 10
Here are stats from 3rd quarter.
Navy time out. 10:29 left in the game. Navy ball with 23 to go for a touchdown!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 02:03
Air Force DENIED 4th down conversion.
Navy ball 1st and 10 on their own 34
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:59
And the end of the 3rd quarter, Navy still holds onto a narrow 14-10 lead over Air Force!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:54
Air Force did nothing with it. Kind of a sleeper of a game! Navy’s ball on the 17. 1st and 10 after an Air Force punt!
Two small carries. 3rd and 5 on the 22.
…..aaaand Navy will punt it away!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:48
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:37
Air Force DENIED!! 4th and 1 on the 38. Air Force will punt!
Navy ball received by Lynch who is pounced on at the 9 for a 2 yard return.
1st and 10 on the 13.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:36
Tweets from the game:
Psst…Maggiano’s is getting ready to open. More details on that this week.!
— Maggiano's (@Maggianos) October 5, 2013
— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) October 5, 2013
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:32
Navy blasts ahead on firs possession of 2nd half. Takes lead 14-10 over Air Force. Coach Ken must have lit a fire under someone’s ass at the half!
Navy Drive– 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:51 seconds
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:16
Here are quick stats for 2nd quarter
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:14
Air Force just drove down the field to score with 1:50 left in the 1st half. The drive was 9 plays, 79 yards, in 3:05. Air Force leads Navy 10-7 wiht 1:50 to go in the half.
But here’s a picture of the celebration when Navy scored….
Navy tried to get in field goal range, but no go. Had to punt to Air Force with 1 minute left in the half.
At halftime, Air Force leads 10-7 in the battle for the CIC Trophy.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:44
Navy prepares to score after impressive drive.
NAVY SCORES!!!!! First points on the board with 4:55 in the half
Touchdown being reviewed.
The extra point is good!
Navy leads 7-3
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:39
And we are kind of back.
7:05 in the 1st half. Air Force did nothing. Punting to Navy. Looks to be a low scoring game, but now Air Force holds a 3-0 lead.
Here are the quick stats from the 1st quarter!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:07
Tweets from the game… during an AF time out
— Hilary Fox (@hilsfox) October 5, 2013
— Maggiano's (@Maggianos) October 5, 2013
— ⭐Bella Schenk⭐ (@Bella_Schenk) October 5, 2013
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:04
Navy’s ball on the 25.
Gain of 5. 2nd and 5 on the 30
Gain of 10. 1st and 10 on the 40
Gain of 2. 2nd and 8 on the 42.
Gain of 3 on a sloppy run. 3rd and 5 on 45.
Carry by Reynolds for 1st down. 1st and 10 on the Air Force 48
Carry for gain of 3. 2nd and 7 on the Air Force 45
Reynolds sacked for a loss of 9. 3rd and 16 on the Navy 46
Reynolds feeling pressure throws it incomplete. 4th and 16 on Navy 46.
Air Force Ball on the 14
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 11:53
AIR FORCE STILL DRIVING
1st down on a gain of 8. Ball on the Navy 47
Gain of 5. 2nd and 5 on the Navy 42
Gain of 2. 3rd and 3 on the Navy 40
Pass for 8. 1st down. 1st and 10 on Navy 32
4th and 1 on the 23. Air Force going for it
Flag on the play. False start.
Still 4th down. 4th and 1. AF trying for a 25 yard field goal and it is GOOD!
With 8:33 to play in the 1st quarter, Air Force leads Navy 3-0
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 11:46
AIR FORCE DRIVE
19 yard return. 1st down Air Force on the 27.
4 yard gain. 2nd and 6
Loss of 2 yards. 3rd and 8 from the 25
Gain of 15. 1st Down Air Force on the 40
Gain of 5. 3rd and 4 on 45
Air Force Time Out and a TV time out.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 11:35
Air Force will receive the ball after kick off. Navy now taking the field to the roar of the crowd!
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 11:21
Brigade is arriving at the stadium for the march-on
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 10:22
Second check. Forgot to push a button before. Last one.
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 10:21