- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 29, 2007

ANNAPOLIS Navy took its first step towards winning the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy for the fifth straight year by defeating Air Force 31-20 in front of a record crowd of 37,615 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The two teams exchanged scores in a back-and-forth affair through the first three quarters, after which Air Force led 20-17.

But the fourth quarter belonged to Navy. An 53-yard pass from Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada to O.J. Washington set up a 2-yard keeper by the quarterback to give Navy the lead for good. Kaheaku-Enhada added an 80-yard scoring dash to cap the victory.

Air Force’s many mistakes cost it a chance to make a comeback. Three consecutive penalties dropped the Falcons from the red zone out of field goal range on its first drive of the fourth quarter. On its next, tailback Jim Ollis dropped a handoff, which Navy cornerback Blake Carter recovered. On its third, Navy blocked a 32-yard field goal by Harrison.

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