10/4/2003 - Football
Navy 28, Air Force 25
Kyle Eckel ran for 176 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries as the Navy Midshipmen defeated the Air Force Falcons, 28-25, at FedEx Field.
Navy (3-2) quarterback Craig Candeto completed 3-of-6 passes for just 32 yards. Candeto had a touchdown and was intercepted once. He also carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in the contest.
Chance Harridge led the way for Air Force (5-1) as he completed 7-of-15 pass attempts for 87 yards with an interception. Harridge also ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
Air Force struck first when Joey Ashcroft split the uprights on a 26-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter.
Navy responded by scoring 14 straight points in the second quarter. Candeto found the end zone on a two-yard touchdown run and Michael Brimage scored on a three-yard run to give Navy a 14-3 edge with 8:31 left in the second quarter.
Harridge cut the Navy lead to 14-10 when he scored a touchdown on a one-yard quarterback keeper late in the first half.
Candeto connected with Tony Lane on a 10-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter to push the Navy edge to 21-10.
Brett Waller recovered a Navy fumble in the end zone and Joe Shieffer ran in
the two-point conversion to cut the Midshipmen lead to 21-18 with 14:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Eckel pushed the game out of the Falcons' reach when he found paydirt on a four-yard touchdown run to give the Midshipmen a 28-18 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.
Harridge scored an Air Force touchdown on a one-yard run with 20 seconds on the clock to bring the score to its final of 28-25 in favor of Navy.
The Midshipmen snapped a six-game losing streak to the Falcons with the victory.