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Navy holds on to beat upset-minded Army in annual rivalry

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It was closer than most people expected, but the Midshipmen of Navy beat Army for the 14th straight game Saturday.

Navy came in at 9-2, Army at 2-9. But Navy had to intercept a pass with 2:03 to go to hold onto a 21-17 victory. Army’s last-second pass fell incomplete.

Navy star Keenan Reynolds ran for 136 yards and threw for 113 on the afternoon. He scored two touchdowns, the 84th and 85th of his career. He also hit Jamir Tillman on a 50-yard touchdown to lead Navy from a 17-14 deficit. Reynolds finished with more than 1,000 yards rushing and passing.

Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to go 4-0 against Army.

Chris Carter threw for 208 yards for Army, the team’s first 200-yard passing day since 2007. Army had five passes of 30 yards or more, three more than in any game in the past 10 years.

For Army, Edgar Poe caught five passes for 121 yards. Tillman caught five for 102 yards.

Army had three turnovers in the fourth quarter.

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