Navy rallies late to nip Indiana, 31-30

Keenan Reynolds completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Matt Aiken with 2:02 to play and Nick Sloan added the point after as Navy rallied for a 31-30 win over Indiana on Saturday. Parrish Gaines‘ interception with 1:38 remaining sealed the win for the Midshipmen (4-3), who beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 1979 when they won at Illinois 13-12.

Earlier in the game, Navy linebacker Jordan Drake‘s 24-yard interception return had cut the Hoosiers’ lead to 17-14.

The win also kept the Midshipmen’s bowl hopes alive as they need just two wins in their final five games to return to postseason play.

It was the fifth straight loss for Indiana (2-5) and came despite the fact the Hoosiers moved the ball almost at will against Navy for most of the first three quarters and gained 417 yards on 78 plays.

Indiana led 30-21 with 12:18 left.

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FINAL: Navy took the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on for a 31-30 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With 2:02 to go, Keenan Reynolds found Matt Aiken open for a four-yard touchdown pass to give the Midshipmen a 31-30 lead.

Reynolds threw for 96 yards while going 8-13 for Navy. He threw one touchdown and no interceptions. Reynolds was also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown on 17 attempts.

Stephen Houston did his best to carry the Hoosiers’ offense, turning 21 carries into 82 rushing yards and one touchdown.

The Midshipmen racked up 353 total yards. In addition to Reynolds’ efforts through the air, Navy also rushed 57 times for 257 yards.

Indiana finished with 414 total yards, including 244 yards passing while completing 25 of 38 attempts. The Hoosiers also rushed 40 times for 170 yards.

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Andy on 10/20/2012 @ 7:00pm EDT Said:

IU receiver shoved down on interception and no call. Navy has two, five yard penalties, which were on purpose. Terrible officiating. Almost as one sided as commentators.

Mark on 10/21/2012 @ 12:03pm EDT Said:

IU didn’t lose the game due to officiating…it was a Big Ten crew by the way. IU failed to finish, basically went three and out in the 4th twice when it counted and didn’t get the Navy offense off the field in the last quarter.

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