When it comes to beating Army, Navy is a perfect 10.
A new venue for Army-Navy produced a familiar result Saturday as the Midshipmen rushed for 296 yards and capitalized on three Army turnovers in a 27-21 win against the Black Knights.
With President Barack Obama presiding over the first Army-Navy game to be played in the vicinity of the nation's capital, the Mids (5-7) got a pair of touchdown runs from quarterback Kriss Proctor and one from fullback Alexander Teich to win their 10th straight in the rivalry.
At least this one was close. Navy had won the other nine by at least a dozen points. The Mids needed a pair of fourth-quarter field goals from Jon Teague and a fourth-down stop in their territory before those in the blue uniforms could start chanting "10 more years!"
Proctor ran 32 times for 97 yards, and Teich — winner of the Campbell Trophy as the nation's top scholar athlete — carried 18 times for 93 yards for Navy, which completed only one pass in the tussle between run-heavy, triple-option teams.
Raymond Maples and Malcolm Brown ran for 82 yards apiece for Army (3-9), which finished the season with four straight losses. The Black Knights rushed for 298 yards and completed only four passes.
Both teams stuck to their triple-option attacks and rarely bothered trying to put the ball in the air. Navy didn't throw a pass in the first half, although Proctor was sacked twice. Army quarterback Trent Steelman, starting again after missing time this season with left ankle and right leg injuries, went 1-for-2 in the half.
After the teams traded fumbles in the first quarter, Navy took advantage of a short field to score first on Proctor's 4-yard run. Another Army fumble, this one near midfield, led to Teich's 10-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
The Black Knights answered with back-to-back scoring drives. Steelman had a 34-yard touchdown run, and then showed that a top-notch air attack isn't needed to execute the 2-minute drill. He completed one pass — for 10 yards — in a 63-yard drive that took only 1:56 and tied the game on Brown's 5-yard run with 49 seconds to go in the half.