Navy can hook an anchor to the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy and bring it to Annapolis.
Keenan Reynolds extended Navy’s dominance against Army, scoring the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter in a 17-13 victory in the 113th rivalry game Saturday in Philadelphia.
Navy (8-4) beat Army for the 11th straight time and won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three service academies. Army and Navy each beat Air Force, putting the trophy up for grabs in the regular-season finale for the first time since 2005.
Army (2-10) hasn’t hoisted the CIC trophy since 1996.
In front of 69,607 fans at Lincoln Financial Field, Navy caught a break when Army missed a late field goal attempt.
Reynolds quickly found Brandon Turner down the sideline for a 49-yard gain. Reynolds then escaped a rush and followed with the 8-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left.
The Black Knights were in this one until the final drive. Army had moved to the Navy 14 when fullback Larry Dixon fumbled on a sloppy exchange. Navy recovered and the Midshipmen went wild and rushed the field.
SWAC championship — A 95-yard touchdown pass from Benjamin Anderson to Willie Young with two minutes left in regulation forced overtime in Birmingham, Ala., and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (10-2) emerged with a 24-21 victory over Jackson State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference title game. The winning points came on Tyler Strickland’s 26-yard field goal.
Georgia Southern 49, Old Dominion 35 — The Eagles (10-3) overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to win in Norfolk, Va. Dominique Swope’s 12-yard touchdown run with 2:36 remaining was the difference, and Jerick McKinnon ran for four scores for Georgia Southern, which completed just two passes but rushed for 602 yards.
Taylor Heinicke of the Monarchs (11-2) broke Steve McNair’s FCS season passing yardage record and became the first to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season.
North Dakota State 14, Wofford 7 — Grant Olson set a school record with 29 tackles and the host Bison (12-1) rode their top-rated defense to a spot in the FCS semifinals against Georgia Southern. The defending FCS champions forced two turnovers by the Terriers (9-4), blocked a field goal, and did not allow an offensive touchdown.
Eastern Washington 51, Illinois State 35 — At Cheney, Wash., Kyle Padron threw a school-record-tying six touchdown passes, including two to Brandon Kaufman on back-to-back offensive plays early in the third quarter, to lift the Eagles (11-2) over the Redbirds (9-4). They will play Sam Houston State next weekend.
Division 2 semifinals
Cayden Cochran passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two second-half scores as Valdosta State (11-2) defeated host Minnesota State-Mankato, 35-19, for a spot in next Saturday’s title game in Florence, Ala. . . . Winston-Salem State (14-0) rolled to a 41-18 home win over West Texas A&M (12-3) behind a combined five scores by Kameron Smith and Maurice Lewis.
Division 3 semifinals
Mount Union (14-0) earned its eighth consecutive trip to the championship game by dispatching Mary Hardin-Baylor, 48-35, in Alliance, Ohio. Jake Simon’s 12-yard touchdown run with five seconds left broke a 35-all tie . . . Matt O’Connell ran for two TDs and threw for another as St. Thomas (Minn.) beat Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 28-14, in St. Paul to move to 14-0.