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Army downs Navy 20-17 in first overtime game of rivalry’s history

The two longtime service academy rivals engaged in a double overtime thriller on Saturday.

NCAA Football: Navy at Army Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 Army-Navy Game delivered in the drama department and made some history in the process.

The Army Black Knights downed the Navy Midshipmen in a 20-17 double overtime victory on Saturday, the first overtime game in the rivalry’s history. With possession in the second overtime, Navy committed a costly turnover when running back Anton Hall Jr. fumbled on the one-yard line. Getting possession back, Army kicker Quinn Maretzki was able to boot a 39-yard field goal to finish it off for the Black Knights.

This game was the exact defensive struggle that you would imagine with both familiar foes fighting to impose its will on the other. Navy held onto a 3-0 lead late into the second quarter before a Navy punt block was returned by Jabril Williams for a touchdown to give the Black Knights a 7-3 advantage heading into the half.

Hall would turn the game on its head in the third quarter, breaking off a 77-yard touchdown run to put Navy back on top. That surprisingly marked the longest touchdown score in the rivalry’s history. With its back against the wall deep into the fourth quarter, Army managed to get into Navy territory to set up a 37-yard field goal by Maretzki to tie the game with 1:53 to go.

We were treated to a fireworks show to begin the overtime period. Markel Johnson broke off a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play for Army and Navy immediately followed that up when Xavier Arline hit Marquel Haywood on a wheel route for a touchdown on its first play.

Following that was Hall’s costly fumble, setting up the game-winning kick for Army. For you service academy under bettors, my condolences.