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AIR FORCE @ NAVY Game Notes

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021

Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, United State Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

3:40 pm

Q1

At the end of the first quarter, there was no score. Each team had three complete drives that all ended with punts.


At the end of the first quarter, Air Force’s three drives went for a combined 16 pays for 22 total yards in nine minutes and six seconds. Navy’s three drives combined for nine plays and six total yards in five minutes and 49 seconds.

Q2

To begin the second quarter, Air Force gifted the Midshipmen with a poor 12-yard punt. On what would be their only scoring drive of the game, Navy was able to drive for 32 yards in seven plays on a three-minute, 32-second drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal from junior kicker Bijan Nichols.


The drive’s biggest play came from a 26-yard quarterback keeper from sophomore quarterback Xavier Arline.

NAVY leads 3-0.


Following a series that ended with a missed field goal from 35 yards, Air Force’s offense put together their first scoring drive on the afternoon. This time, Air Force received great field position off a poor 19-yard punt from the Midshipmen that started the Falcons off at the Navy 43-yard line.


The drive started with an incomplete pass, but then followed with seven straight running plays by Air Force. A pair of 15-yard runs from Falcons junior quarterback Haaziq Davis and sophomore wide receiver Micah Davis eventually led to a three-yard touchdown run from junior running back Brad Roberts to give Air Force a lead they would never give back.

The scoring drive lasted nine plays, went for 43 yards and lasted for three minutes and 26 seconds.

Air Force leads 7-3.


Q3

Both teams traded punts to open the second half. However, the Falcons found the end zone on their third drive of the quarter with 4:41 left to go. While Air Force was held by the Midshipmen defense and forced to punt, a careless roughing the kicker penalty resulted in a free 15 yards and new set of downs for the Falcons.


Daniels took full advantage of Navy’s gift, dashing for 28 yards into the endzone on the third play for Air Force following the penalty. The drive went for 54 yards on nine plays and lasted for four minutes and nine seconds.

Air Force leads 14-3.

Q4

To open the fourth quarter, a botched snap from the Midshipmen 23-yard line intended for Navy freshman punter Riley Riethman soared over his head and out of the back of the end zone to give Air Force a safety and two free points.

Air Force leads 16-3.


Starting from their own 42, Air Force scoring on their ensuing drive to put the game out of reach for Navy. A 27-yard pass from Daniels to Davis brought the ball to the Navy 31-yard line. The seven-play drive was shortly capped off with a two-yard run from Roberts for the game’s final score. The drive went for 58 yards and lasted for four minutes and 20 seconds.

Air Force wins 23-3.