Keenan Reynolds ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns, and the Navy Midshipmen (3-1) used a strong second half to post a 28-10 victory over the Air Force Falcons (1-5) on Saturday in Annapolis, Md., in a game that survived the restrictions of the U.S. government shutdown.
Although the Department of Defense suspended athletic competition at the nation’s service academies because of the shutdown, an exception was made for this event because it wasn’t funded by appropriated money.
On a magnificent fall afternoon, a record crowd of 38,225 filled Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for this pivotal matchup. The previous 16 winners of this game have gone on to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, awarded annually to the service academy with the best record in games involving Air Force, Navy and Army.
Boston College 48, Army 27: Andre Williams rushed for a career-high 263 yards and tied a school record by running for five TDs to lead the Eagles (3-2) over the Black Knights (2-4) in Boston.
Michigan State 26, Iowa 14: Connor Cook threw for a career-high 277 yards and two TDs and the Spartans (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) cruised past the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1) in Iowa City, Iowa.
Indiana 44, Penn State 24: Nate Sudfeld threw two TD passes and Tre Roberson ran for two more scores leading the Hoosiers (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) over the visiting Nittany Lions (3-2, 0-1) for the first time in school history. Penn State was 16-0 against Indiana coming into the game.
Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 17: Logan Thomas matched his career high with three TD passes and the Hokies (5-1, 2-0 ACC) defeated the Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2) in Blacksburg, Va.
North Dakota State 24, Northern Iowa 23: Sam Ojuri ran for 96 yards and the go-ahead TD as the Bison (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley) rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge the Panthers (4-1, 0-1) in Fargo, N.D.
Nebraska 39, Illinois 19: Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two TDs and the Cornhuskers’ (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) maligned defense was much improved in a victory over the Illini (3-2, 0-1) in Lincoln, Neb.