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Close Calls Against Air Force

Navy has won six straight games over Air Force, but it hasn't been easy. The six victories have come by a total of 33 points, and two of them came on last-second field goals. In four of the games, including the past two, Air Force has actually gained more yards on offense than Navy.

Here's a look at some cumulative statistics from the past six games:

Points: Navy 167, Air Force 134.
First downs: Air Force 128, Navy 106.
Total offense: Air Force 2280 yards, Navy 1985 yards.
Rushing: Navy 1552 yards, Air Force 1309 yards.
Turnovers: Navy 11, Air Force 8.
Penalties-yards: Air Force 37-320, Navy 17-156.

And here's a quick look back at the six games:

2008: Navy 33, Air Force 27.

Special teams save the Midshipmen, who are held to just 244 yards of total offense. Navy scores touchdowns on two blocked punts and kicks four field goals.

2007: Navy 31, Air Force 20.

The 11-point victory is the largest by Navy since 1981. Quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada's 78-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter caps the win.

2006: Navy 24, Air Force 17.

Navy's defense records five sacks and holds Air Force to just seven points in the first three quarters. On offense, both Adam Ballard and Brian Hampton rush for over 100 yards.

2005: Navy 27, Air Force 24.

The Midshipmen trailed by seven heading into the last five minutes. Reggie Campbell's 40-yard touchdown run ties the score with 2:22 to play, and Joey Bullen's 46-yard field goal with four-tenths of a second remaining wins it.

2004: Navy 24, Air Force 21.

A back-and-forth battle ends when Geoff Blumenfeld converts a 30-yard field goal with four seconds left.

2003: Navy 28, Air Force 25.

Fullback Kyle Eckel rushes for 176 yards and a touchdown, and Navy's defense holds strong against the Cadets, who were ranked 25th in the coaches' poll. It's the Midshipmen's first win over Air Force since 1996.

By Camille Powell  |  September 28, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
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I have to admit to feeling a bit nervous about the game Saturday. Navy seems to be coming back to the pack somewhat and in about two more seasons I think we may see a lot of parity among the service academies. That being said -- go Navy, beat Air Force!

Posted by: kevharb | September 28, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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