In the end, senior slotback Reggie Campbell was standing on a platform, a baton in his hand, leading the Navy band and smiling, as men and women sang their alma mater after the Midshipmen's 38-3 victory yesterday over Army.
It was the most fitting place Campbell could have been. After all, he had led the band all day long on the football field, playing a major role in Navy's unprecedented sixth straight victory over its archrival before an announced 70,610 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Poinsettia Bowl Navy vs. Mountain West Conference opponent, San Diego, Dec. 20, 9 p.m., ESPN, 1090 AM
Play it again
WHAT WENT RIGHT
The Navy defense played its best game of the season. Linebackers Ross Pospisil and Irv Spencer recovered fumbles, and slotback Bobby Doyle blocked a punt. The Mids limited Army to three points.
WHAT WENT WRONG
For one of the rare times this season, the offense struggled under quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, sustaining one extended scoring drive. It covered 52 yards in four plays and took 1:34. Zerbin Singleton scored with 46 seconds left in the first quarter.
Reggie Campbell's school-record kickoff for 98 yards for a touchdown put the Mids up 14-3.
WHAT IT MEANS
Navy has beaten Army an unmatched six straight times and won the Commander in Chief's Trophy five straight times.
The Mids (8-4) will play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 20. They learn their opponent today.