Hooah! Los­ing streak ends

ARMY 21, NAVY 17

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By David Gins­burg

bal­ti­more» The Army foot­ball team and its fans around the world can fi­nally re­joice.

No longer will they have to lis­ten to barbs from Navy or lament another missed op­por­tu­nity in the big­gest game of the year.

At long last, The Streak is over.

Army ended a 14-year run of frus­tra­tion against the Mid­ship­men, us­ing an over­pow­er­ing run­ning game and op­por­tunis­tic de­fense to carve out a long-over­due 21-17 vic­tory Satur­day.

With fu­ture com­man­der in chief Don­ald Trump look­ing on, the Black Knights blew a 14-point lead be­fore quar­ter­back Ah­mad Brad­shaw scored on a 9-yard run with 6:42 left to give Army the win it had been wait­ing for since 2001.

“It was a great feel­ing,” Brad­shaw said. “I can’t de­scribe it.”

The Black Knights’ 14game los­ing streak was the long­est by ei­ther academy in a se­ries that be­gan in 1890. Army (7-5) now trails 60-50-7 in one of the na­tion’s his­toric ri­val­ries.

“We heard for a long time here at West Point about the streak and all that,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “It feels good to be a part of the team that put that to an end.”

Navy was com­ing off a phys­i­cal 34-10 loss to Tem­ple in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle game and had only one week to pre­pare for Army with a new quar­ter­back, sopho­more Zach Abey, who was mak­ing his first col­lege start. Abey took over Will Worth, who broke his foot against Tem­ple.

Abey ran for two touch­downs Army quar­ter­back Ah­mad Brad­shaw and his team­mates cel­e­brate his go-ahead touch­down on Satur­day. The Black Knights were trail­ing Navy 17-14 when Brad­shaw scored on a 9-yard run with 6:42 left in the game. Pa­trick Semansky, The As­so­ci­ated Press but passed for only 89 yards and was in­ter­cepted twice. Navy had four turnovers, three in the first half.

“I take a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the game,” Abey said. “Ob­vi­ously, in the first half I made some bad de­ci­sions. I feel hor­ri­ble for the se­niors.”

This se­nior class at Navy has ac­counted for 37 wins, most at the Academy over a four-year pe­riod. But they’ll never for­get this de­feat.

“It hurts a lit­tle bit. It hurts a lot a bit,” se­nior re­ceiver Jamir Till­man said. “We will take this loss into the off­sea­son and use this as in­spi­ra­tion and run with it.”

That was a mantra chanted by the Black Knights for the past 14 years.

“I’m just happy for our se­niors,” Monken said. “The sense of pride that they’ll have to go on, hav­ing beaten Navy, hav­ing beaten our big­gest ri­val in their se­nior year. It’s great for every­body in that locker room. I want them to en­joy it.”

By half­time, Army led 14-0 and owned a 14-1 ad­van­tage in first downs.

Af­ter watch­ing from the Navy side of the field be­fore half­time, Trump vis­ited the TV booth on the Army side in the third quar­ter. The in­ter­view with the pres­i­den­t­elect co­in­cided with a big shift in mo­men­tum.

“In the sec­ond half we made some ad­just­ments, and those helped us out pretty well,” Navy de­fen­sive end Amos Ma­son said.

Andy David­son lost a fum­ble on the Black Knights’ first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half and the Mid­ship­men re­cov­ered at the Army 32.

A screen pass for 16 yards set up a 1-yard touch­down run by Abey to get Navy to 14-7.

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