Navy tops rivalry to 10th degree

LANDOVER, Md. — In his last game before he goes to SEAL training, Alexander Teich absolutely, positively did not want to be a member of the Navy team that finally lost to Army.

The fullback returned kickoffs, something he hadn't done all year. He ran to the stands to fire up the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Teich and the Midshipmen made it 10 straight over the Black Knights, winning 27-21 Saturday in the 112th edition of one of sports' most passionate rivalries.

"I'm an emotional person — I don't know if you guys noticed yet," the senior captain said with a smile. "I was amped. You don't want to let that ball drop in on the senior class, and I was going to do whatever it took."

With President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the first Army-Navy game played in the vicinity of the nation's capital — and with Obama adhering to presidential tradition by spending a half on each side of the field — the Mids (5-7) got two touchdown runs from quarterback Kriss Proctor and one from Teich at the Washington Redskins' stadium to win their 10th straight in the rivalry.

Raymond Maples and Malcolm Brown rushed for 82 yards apiece for Army (3-9).

Obama told CBS of the players: "They're smart, dedicated, tough, love their country, do an incredible job. And that's what gives this game such resonance."

fsu wr reed likely done: Florida State senior receiver Bert Reed pulled a hamstring in Friday's workout and is "probably done,'' coach Jimbo Fisher said Saturday. Reed has 28 receptions and 385 receiving yards. Running back Devonta Freeman (back) missed practice but should be okay for the Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame.

A&M TABS SUMLIN, HOUSTON ACTS FAST: Texas A&M named as coach Kevin Sumlin, who led Houston to a 12-1 season. Sumlin comes to College Station, about 100 miles northwest of Houston, less than two weeks after the Aggies fired Mike Sherman. The Cougars named Tony Levine as coach starting with the TicketCity Bowl, Jan. 2 in Dallas.

UCLA TURNS TO MORA: Former Seahawks and Falcons coach Jim Mora, who hasn't coached in college in 27 years, agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to replace Rick Neuheisel.

WEIS seeks turnaround: Charlie Weis, who left his job as Florida offensive coordinator to take the head coaching job at Kansas, was introduced at KU's basketball game. "We're 2-10. The other school in this state (Kansas State) is 10-2? Why?" Weis told the crowd at halftime of the Jayhawks' win over Ohio State. "My job now … is to not just figure out why, but do something about it."

MICHIGAN MIFFED: Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said he is "struggling to understand" why the NCAA gave Ohio State a waiver to briefly exceed the limit of football coaches on staff after hiring Urban Meyer.

DIVISION I-AA: QB Jaybo Shaw ran for two TDs and threw for one to lead host Georgia Southern past visiting Maine 35-23 in the quarterfinals. Next Saturday the Eagles (11-2), seeded third, face No. 2 seed North Dakota State in the semifinals after the Bison (12-1) beat visiting Lehigh 24-0. Top seed Sam Houston State (13-0) beat Montana State 49-13 and next host Montana.

DIVISION II: Wayne State (12-3) beat host Winston-Salem State 21-14 to earn a berth in next week's title game.

DIVISION III: Host Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-0) defeated St. Thomas (Minn.) 20-0 in the semifinals and will meet Mount Union (14-0), a 28-21 winner over visiting Wesley, in next Saturday's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the seventh straight year. Those two have split their six meetings.

SWAC TITLE GAME: Jacarde Carter returned a fumble 66 yards for a TD early in the fourth to give Grambling State, coached by former Buc Doug Williams, a 16-15 win over Alabama A&M in Birmingham.

The Orlando Sentinel contributed to this report.

Navy tops rivalry to 10th degree 12/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:48pm]

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