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“There’s something about the kid,” Turner said. “The way he led us on that last drive was unbelievable. In one of the biggest games, a freshman came in and beat one of the better Army teams there’s been these last few years. That’s remarkable. That’s incredible.”

It ranks right up there with Navy’s control of the series.

While there were satisfying story lines – Turner making his biggest catch in a senior year that almost didn’t happen because of a failed conditioning test, fullback Noah Copeland rumbling for 99 yards and a score, senior captain Brye French climbing into the stands and proposing to his girlfriend after the game – everything eventually came back to the Mids’ continued service academy supremacy.

The Mids still have a game to play (the Dec. 29 Fight Hunger Bowl against Arizona State), but in reality it is merely a bonus. Saturday ensured this season will go down as a success for Navy.

“It means everything to get your No. 1 goal,” Niumatalolo said. “That’s our No. 1 goal, to win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. To know all the hard work, all the running that these guys did in the summer, trying to eat right, do right, practice hard, I’m just so happy for these guys.”