Brace yourselves for something truly shocking: Army's about to go three-and-out again. TRENT STEELMAN attempts two passes, both of which fall incomplete. Navy's beginning to settle into a routine here that's as entertaining as it is effective: Short bursts of ground-chewing run plays followed by HEY LOOK AT THAT passes out of nowhere. Ricky Dobbs' passes thus far, when they've been successful, have been completions of 31 and 77 yards, and here comes another one: Down the left side on 3rd-and-6 for a 23-yard gain by Aaron Santiago. Four more running plays, and Dobbs launches another one: 32 yards to Brandon Turner for the Mids' second touchdown. The drive takes us into the second quarter, where with 14:05 remaining, the Midshipmen lead the Black Knights, 17-0.
The game's third fumble comes on the next kickoff return, but Joshua Jackson recovers his own loose ball and Army sets up for another three-and-out. Ever gracious, Navy provides the fourth fumble by Alexander Teich on their next first down. The Knights catch a break, and lo! It turns out that when they start on Navy's 23-yard line, they're pretty good at scoring! Five straight rushes reeled off, and STEELMAN attempts his first pass of the game. It's a good one: A five-yard touchdown to Malcolm Brown.
With 8:50 remaining in the second quarter, the Black Knights have pulled within ten of the Midshipmen, 17-7.