|Date of game: 10/4/2014
Recap: Air Force vs. Navy
United States Air Force Academy, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kale Pearson passed for 112 yards and had three touchdown connections as the Air Force Falcons defeated the Navy Midshipmen, 30-21, in a battle for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in non-conference play at Falcon Stadium on Saturday.
Pearson completed 11-of-16 passing and didn't throw an interception for Air Force (4-1), which has won three games in a row. Jacobi Owens carried the ball 23 times for 78 yards, and Garrett Brown caught a pair of touchdown passes in the win.
Keenan Reynolds completed 6-of-14 pass attempts for 126 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and added 27 yards and a score on the ground for Navy (2-4). Chris Swain rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown, and Jamir Tillman caught four passes for 63 yards in the loss, which was the third in a row for the Midshipmen.
Air Force got on the board first with 5:23 left to play in the first quarter when Pearson found Alex Ludowig on a one-yard touchdown strike to give the Falcons a 7-0 advantage.
Navy answered right back less than three minutes later with a huge 46-yard scoring run by Swain, knotting the score at seven apiece.
But the Falcons would separate themselves again before the end of the first quarter. With 52 seconds to play, Jalen Robinette hit Brown on a 54-yard pass play to push Air Force ahead, 14-7.
The Midshipmen tied the score once again, this time at 14-14, when Reynolds carried the ball in from 10 yards out with 6:35 left in the second quarter. The score capped a 10-play drive.
Pearson put Air Force ahead early in the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Griffin. The score came with 9:14 remaining in the frame.
Will Conant connected on a 22-yard field goal for the Falcons with 4:27 left to play in the game to extend the Air Force lead to 10 points, but Reynolds connected on a 40-yard scoring pass to DeBrandon Sanders with 2:14 remaining for Navy. The Midshipmen trailed, 24-21, late in the game.
Air Force put the game out of reach when Pearson found Brown once again for a touchdown, this time on a 13-yard scoring strike. The Falcons took the 30-21 lead after Pearson's two-point attempt failed. It didn't matter for Air Force, which held on to win.
The two teams were pretty even statistically, although Navy held the edge in rushing yards, 251-198. The Midshipmen did turn the ball over twice in the contest, while the Falcons were perfect in the turnover category.Game Notes