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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Navy Excelled Today

Benjamin Franklin once said that there is no such thing as a good war or a bad peace. My guess is that some coach once said that there is no such thing as a good loss or a bad win. However. . .

Navy took it to Ohio State today before falling 31-27 in Columbus. The Middies were down two scores with about 6:30 to go when they scored on a long pass and then on a 30+ yard run by their quarterback, who outplayed Ohio State's highly touted Terrelle Pryor.

It was an amazing fourth quarter performance from Navy, which botched a 2-point conversion after scoring the second of their two late scores. At that time, the score was 29-27, Ohio State, and a conversion would have tied the game. As fate would have it, an Ohio State defender intercepted the pass on the conversion and ran it back all the way for two points for the Buckeyes.

Compelling football. The Middies did not win the game, but like Rocky Balboa they won everyone's hearts with their grit today.

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