ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Keenan Reynolds ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns, and Navy used a strong second half to beat Air Force 28-10 Saturday in a game that survived the restrictions of the U.S. government shutdown.
Although the Department of Defense has suspended athletic competition at the nation’s service academies because of the shutdown, an exception was made for this event because it was funded by non-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.
Navy (3-1) has won the trophy twice in a row, and now the Midshipmen are poised to do it again after outscoring Air Force 21-0 after halftime.
Boston College 48, Army 27
BOSTON — Andre Williams rushed for a career-high 263 yards and tied a school record by running for five touchdowns to lead Boston College.
Williams entered the game as the Atlantic Coast Conference rushing leader with 515 yards and 128.8 per game, then built on that with the best performance of his career. The senior scored on runs of 34, 1, 37 and 3 yards before capping his scoring with another 34-yarder early in the fourth quarter as Boston College took a three-touchdown lead.
Fordham 52, Lehigh 34
NEW YORK — Michael Nebrich threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns as Fordham remained undefeated.
Sam Ajala hauled in three of Nebrich’s touchdown passes, the first being a 25-yarder on Fordham’s opening possession. Nebrich and Ajala then connected for a 40-yard score just before halftime and a 62-yarder in the third quarter. Ajala finished with 166 yards receiving as Fordham (6-0, 1-0 Patriot) handed Lehigh its second loss in its past 25 regular season games.
Lehigh (4-1, 0-1) trailed 31-28 late in the third, but Fordham put the game out of reach with three consecutive touchdown drives.
Villanova 20, William & Mary 16
VILLANOVA — John Robertson’s 1-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds remaining in the game led Villanova over William & Mary.
The winning touchdown capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive as time was expiring to give the Wildcats (3-2, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) a conference victory over the Tribe (3-2, 1-1).
Robertson completed 21 of 28 passes for 154 yards and rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries. Villanova’s leading rusher was Kevin Monangai with 93 yards on 14 carries.
Penn 37, Dartmouth 31, 4OT
PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Wilcox ran 20 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth overtime as Penn topped Dartmouth in the longest football game in Ivy League history.
Dartmouth had a chance to win in regulation, but David Park blocked Riley Lyons’ 21-yard field goal as time expired for Penn (2-1, 1-0 Ivy). Dartmouth had another opportunity to end the game in the first overtime after stopping the Quakers on a fourth-and-1 from the Dartmouth 5. But Lyons then missed a 34-yard field goal that would have won the game for Dartmouth (1-2, 0-1).
Central Connecticut State 38, Saint Francis 29
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Rob Hollomon scored twice and rushed for 123 yards as Central Connecticut State held off a Saint Francis rally.
Hollomon had the first and final scores of the game for the Blue Devils (2-4), who led 28-3 at halftime before a second-half rally from the Red Flash (1-4) made for a close finish.
The Red Flash got a big performance from Kyle Harbridge, who scored two third-quarter touchdowns in the comeback effort and became the school’s all-time leading rusher after running for a game-high 179 yards.
Monmouth 35, Robert Morris 9
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Julian Hayes and Kwabena Asante each topped 100 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive game to lead Monmouth over Robert Morris.
Robert Morris (2-3) was able to move the ball but struggled with third and fourth downs, failing to convert either until the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Deontae Howard had 14 carries for 76 yards for the Colonials, and Paul Jones was 18 of 33 for 183 yards.
Duquesne 27, West Liberty 14
PITTSBURGH — Duquesne’s defense converted two interceptions and a fumble into first-half touchdowns in a win over West Liberty.
Linebacker Christian Kuntz had eight tackles, including a sack that forced a fumble by West Liberty QB Tyler Tucci, which defensive lineman Zach Zidian recovered in the end zone. Defensive lineman Dane O’Driscoll picked off a Tucci pass, returning it 33 yards for a score, and defensive back Nick Floyd intercepted another, returning it 71 yards for a TD.