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Fourth-Quarter Comeback Falls Short For Navy Against Duke, 34-31

Oct. 30, 2010

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Navy will have to wait at least another week to punch its ticket to the Poinsettia Bowl. A ferocious fourth-quarter comeback fell 3 points short as the Midshipmen lost to the Blue Devils 34-31 Saturday.

The Blue Devils (2-6) snapped a six-game losing streak, but led 34-15 with 8:48 left after a 40-yard field goal by Will Snyderwine.

Navy closed to 34-31 with 2:34 to play when Ricky Dobbs hit Aaron Santiago with a 12-yard touchdown pass, then found Santiago again for the 2-point conversion. The Midshipmen (5-3) scored three touchdowns and converted three 2-point conversions in a 12-minute stretch of the fourth quarter.

Navy's hope for a complete comeback, however, ended when the Mids turned the ball over on downs with 6 seconds to play.

Renfree tied a Duke record when he completed his first 16 passes and completed 17 for 18 passes in the first half for 180 yards. He finished with 28 completions in 30 attempts, setting a Duke record with a 93.3 completion percentage. His backup, Brandon Connette, picked up some big first downs rushing and ran for a score.

Dobbs completed 13 of 27 passes for a career-high 227 yards and two TD passes. He also rushed for 83 yards in 22 carries and added a 2-point conversion. Dobbs is now Navy's career scoring leader with 266 points and all-time touchdowns rushing leader with 44.

Navy (5-4) was coming off a big win over Notre Dame last week and came into the Duke game looking for a win that would assure the Midshipmen of their eighth straight bowl appearance.

The 24-point deficit for Navy was its biggest at halftime since the Mids trailed 31-0 to Connecticut in a 2002 game.

Duke's first-half scoring drives covered 68, 76, 45 and 64 yards.



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