Commander-in-Chief's Trophy 2013: Navy Retains Title with Win over Army

Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIDecember 14, 2013

Dec 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Navy Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) runs past Army Black Knights linebacker Justin Trimble (5) for a touchdown during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
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The Navy Midshipmen will go back to the White House for the ninth time in the last 12 years to receive the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy from President Barack Obama. They won this year’s installment of the triangular rivalry between the United States service academies with a 34-7 win over the Army Black Knights in front of a packed crowd in Philadelphia.

With both teams running versions of the option offense, there was barely any passing in this game with only 18 combined passing attempts. Regardless, there was plenty of action on the ground.

Dec 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Navy Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter during of the 114th Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterbacks were among the leading rushers for each team, as Angel Santiago and the Army offense picked up 152 yards on the ground.

On the other sideline, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds was unquestionably the game’s most valuable player.

He carried the ball 30 times for 136 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and scored three rushing touchdowns which set a new NCAA single-season record.

Reynolds added one touchdown after his record-breaking score to improve his place in the record books, and he even caught a two-point conversion for good measure.

With the victory, Navy extended its winning streak over its biggest rival and made some history in the process:

This was basically Army’s bowl game, so the loss (and the losing streak) is disappointing and closes the book on the 2013 college football regular season. Navy, on the other hand, still has one game left on its calendar as it is scheduled to play Middle Tennessee State in the Armed Forces Bowl.