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Navy’s fake punt against Army was ‘mistake’, admits coach and linebacker

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Navy’s fake punt against Army was ‘mistake’, admits coach and linebacker

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There are never any punches in the annual Army-Navy game, and it looked like aspiring coach Ken Niumatalolo had dug in his bag of stuff against the Black Knights in Saturday’s edition.

On Navy 34’s fourth and 1, linebacker Diego Fagot took a sharp blow from the punt formation and rushed to his left, arming a stiff defender and knocking down another defender for a 4-yard gain. and a first down to keep the fourth-quarter of the reader alive. The contenders finished the race with a placement to go ahead 17-13, the score by which they ended up winning.

Only, a false punt was not the intended game.

“It was a mistake,” Niumatalolo told CBS’s Jamie Erdahl in a post-game interview. “Sometimes you have to be lucky and the players play games, and (Fagot) made a great game.”

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At first glance, the game is unlike any other false punt. But watching the replay, it is clear that Fagot is surprised to see the ball arrive.

“Nobody asked for it. The snapper, he just broke it for me. I didn’t expect it,” Fagot told Erdahl. “I had no idea it was going to happen, honestly. So, honestly, I attribute that to God. I just reacted and played football. I don’t know what else to say.”

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Fagot’s run, while not designed to be a false punt, ended up being the game of the game. There was still 1:30 pm left in the quarter when the ball was snapped and Navy clung to a point ahead.

After the first try, the aspirants were able to take seven more minutes against the clock. They kicked off the basket with 6:10 left to take a four-point lead, forcing Army to have to score a touchdown to take the lead.

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And scoring a touchdown against the Navy defense in the second half was going to be easier said than done. After allowing a touchdown in the first two minutes of the game and falling 13-7 in the first half, Navy suppressed in the second half. The military totaled 175 yards in the first half, but just 57 in the second half.

The Black Knights had two practices after the Navy’s false punt. They were forced to kick on the first and returned the ball on the second. Fagot also had a big hand in that fourth down stoppage, tackling army quarterback Christian Anderson about a half a yard from the first down scorer.

Navy was able to put three knees after the turnover and seal the victory, his second against Army in the past three seasons.

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