Another wild overtime finish in the Navy-Air Force rivalry. Only, this time, the Midshipmen came out on top on the road in their quest to regain the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
Navy beat Air Force, 28-21, on Saturday when right guard Jake Zuzek recovered freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds’ fumbled snap in the end zone.
“I had no clue he had fumbled the ball,” Zuzek said. “I just saw it when I was on the bottom of the pile. I wasn’t letting it go for anything.”
After the weird touchdown, defensive end Wes Henderson knocked down Connor Dietz’s pass on fourth-and-6 from the 21 to seal Navy’s win, a significant first step in the Midshipmen’s quest to regain the trophy that represents superiority among the three service academies.
After starting the season with blowout losses to Notre Dame and Penn State and then getting shut out by San Jose State at home last week, Navy (2-3) needs only to beat Army on Dec. 8 to regain the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy that the Falcons (2-3) have had in their possession the past two years.
At Eastern Washington 55, North Dakota 17: Vernon Adams threw for four touchdowns and Demitrius Bronson rushed for 118 yards and a score as the Eagles (4-1, 3-0 Big Sky) rolled over North Dakota (3-3, 1-2).
Adams, in his third game as starting quarterback, was 12-for-15 passing for 151 yards. Kyle Padron, the SMU transfer who started the season’s first two contests, was 3 of 4-for-17 and a TD.
Braden Hanson completed 16 of 22 passes for 141 yards for North Dakota in relief of starting QB Marcus Hendrickson.
Boise State 40, at Southern Mississippi 14: Joe Southwick threw for three touchdowns and the Broncos (4-1) took advantage of five turnovers to breeze past the Golden Eagles, who are 0-5 for the first time since 1976.
At Nevada 35, Wyoming 28: Backup quarterback Devin Combs hit Aaron Bradley with a 24-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Wolf Pack (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) overcame a scare from the Cowboys (1-4, 0-1), 35-28.
At San Diego State 52, Hawaii 14: Ryan Katz ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Aztecs (3-3, 1-1) had their way with the Warriors (1-4, 0-2).
Fresno State 28, at Colorado State 7: The Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0) shut down the Rams (1-5, 0-2) until the final moments.
Safety Phillip Thomas helped set up two scores with a forced fumble and his NCAA-leading sixth interception of the season, and Robbie Rouse added 124 yards rushing on 26 carries for Fresno State.
At Idaho 26, New Mexico State 18: Dominque Blackman threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vandals (1-5, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) knocked off the Aggies (1-5, 0-2) for their first win.
At New Mexico 35, Texas State 14: Kasey Carrier ran for four touchdowns and a career-high 191 yards to lead the Lobos (3-3) past the Bobcats.
Montana 40, at Northern Colorado 17: Peter Nguyen ran for 159 yards and a touchdown to lead a strong team effort on the ground, and the Grizzlies (3-3, 1-2 Big Sky) spoiled the Bears’ (1-4, 0-2) homecoming.
Montana State 45, at UC Davis 41: Defensive tackle Zach Minter returned an interception 5 yards to the 1 to set up Tray Robinson’s go-ahead touchdown run as the Bobcats improved to 6-0 for the first time since winning its first eight games in 1978. They are 3-0 in the Big Sky.
UC Davis (2-4, 1-3) rallied from a 17-point deficit to take a fourth quarter lead before losing.
At Portland State 77, Idaho State 10: Quarterback Kieran McDonagh accounted for six touchdowns – scoring via rush, pass and reception – and the Vikings (2-4, 1-2) walloped the Bengals (1-4, 0-2).
McDonagh rushed for 67 yards and four touchdowns, was 15 of 23 for 280 yards and a TD passing and caught a 22-yard scoring toss.